There are two particular days that stand out in terms of hating work – and we may as well say it’s part and parcel of the debate around staff wellbeing. Firstly, there’s the moment you wake up early in a rush to grab the train after a holiday. It’s not surprising given that you’re swapping cocktails on the beach and quiet nights in for a commuter’s armpit to the face.
But there’s another spectacle that occurs most Monday mornings. “Monday Blues” is how author Alexander Kjerulf describes it: “When negative emotions such as depression, tiredness, hopelessness and a sense that work is unpleasant but unavoidable kicks in at the beginning of the week.”
It’s such a common experience that it’s been labelled a cultural phenomenon, making it easy towrite off as just the way things are, Kjerulf said. “But it can be much more than just passing tiredness; it is often a serious warning sign that something is not right at work. If you were happy, you’d be excited and energised on Mondays, not tired and depressed. Is staff wellbeing really one of business’ top priorities at this point?”
The feeling starts Sunday evening, prevents you from sleeping and has you enter the office like a zombie zoning in on the coffee pot. It kills your productivity and, essentially, can affect your health. But as daunting as Monday’s are, that particular day can’t be blamed for a poor state of wellbeing – it’s your job 2,000 Brits have said. They told Benedenwork had become a daunting prospect, with 87 per cent blaming the workplace for making them ill. Another 25 per cent suggested depression wasn’t the preserve of Monday mornings.
“We are a nation of hard workers, with 46 per cent saying they still go into work despite being ill,” the report said. “And whether or not ill, once in work, those surveyed confessed to having regular health issues.” Among the cited “frequent occurrences” was backache (84 per cent), eye strain (42 per cent) and migraines (27 per cent). In addition, 44 per cent reported regular stress, with 91 per cent feeling tiered constantly throughout the week. Sunday night anxiety aside, 58 per cent claimed work worries kept them awake at night. This had Helen Smith, business development director at Benenden, suggest it’s thus unsurprising our working lifestyle attracts criticism – and, of course, there’s plenty of research to back her statement up.
What criticism does the UK face over staff wellbeing?
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