If there’s one issue IT leaders rarely discuss with colleagues, friends, or family it’s boredom. Boredom victims generally suffer in silence as a career that was once captivating and invigorating has, over the years, settled into a seemingly endless series of dull routines.
Boredom is insidious and, if left unaddressed, can be a career killer. “It can not only hurt your chances of getting a promotion, but also ruin the dynamic in your team or your interpersonal relationships at work,” says Jean-François Maes, an instructor with training and skills-certification provider SANS Institute. “Finally, if you bring your bad mood home with you from work, it can also hurt the people closest to you after your hours.”