When a story I’m working on is boring or frustrating me, one way I’ll try to fix it is by changing it around.
Change the protagonist from male to female. Change the point of view from the employee to the manager, or from the the mother to the son. Change the setting from the campus to the apartment, or to the best friend’s parents’ lake house.
It’s surprising how often I find a new insight when I do this. It’s too easy to look at things a certain way. Try it a different way.