You've undoubtedly heard friends and family members talk about wanting a "cushy" job -- one where the work is easy, slow-paced and not challenging at all. The ideal cushy job, it seems, would almost be a paid nap, with just enough work to keep you looking busy (but not enough to make you truly busy).
The reality of the work environment is quite different. A job can indeed be too easy, with disastrous consequences for your happiness and career growth.
Some sources suggest that the perfect job involves truly challenging, outside-your-comfort-zone work about 20 percent of the time. This is enough of a challenge to keep you on your toes, without leaving you overwhelmed and facing burnout from the stress [source: Shigley].
A job with little or no challenging work puts you at risk for a number of job- and career-killing factors. You may slip into bad work habits, such as playing games online or surfing the Internet, to pass time. Your morale could plummet, leaving you unenthusiastic and not ready to jump on opportunities when they arise. And your supervisor may notice your boredom and take it as a sign that you're not a valuable employee [source: Shigley].
If you find that you're getting chronically bored at work or don't have any challenges coming across your desk, it may be time to look for a new job. You owe it to your long-term career goals to stay challenged: Find a job that does that.