Staring into space at their workplace could help employees become more creative and even help the business, psychologists have claimed.
Two studies – carried out by Dr Sandi Mann and Rebekah Cadman at the University of Central Lancashire – explored the effects of “passive” boredom, like staring into space during meetings, the Daily Mail reported.
In the first study, 40 volunteers were asked to do a boring task, where they copied numbers out of a telephone directory for 15 minutes.
The people were then told to complete another work, which asked them to come up with different uses for a pair of polystyrene cups, giving them a chance to showcase their creativity.
It turned out that the people who did the boring work were more creative than a control group of 40, who had just been asked to come up with uses.