A new poll finds that many workers suffer from the “Sunday night blues” – that feeling of dread about returning to the workplace on Monday morning.
The Monster.com poll found that only 22% of workers did not experience feelings of anxiety and dread as their weekend ends and they prepare to return to work on Monday morning. Almost half of the people surveyed – 47% – characterized their Sunday nights as “really bad.”
In fact, their Sunday nights are so bad that they actively wish they had a new job.
“I don’t think anyone is happy to see their weekend come to a close,” Mary Ellen Slayter, a career advice expert for Monster.com, is quoted as saying on Yahoo Finance.
“Monday mornings are notoriously stressful. Catching up on emails, planning the upcoming week, tackling new assignments—all while thinking, ‘I have another five solid days of work before my next day off.’ It’s understandably daunting.”
Of course, the solution for some is turning to online job boards such as Monster to find new work. For others, a solution could be returning to school and earning a degree in a field in which they would enjoy working more than in their current field.
In the meantime, Slayer offered a few tips for handling the current job better. Instead of “running for the door” on Friday afternoons, Slayer suggested employees take time to prepare for the following Monday by:
- Reviewing and prioritizing your calendar
- Assembling materials you expect to need on Monday
- Tying up as many loose ends from the week that you can before leaving on Friday
- Taking care on where you stop on projects. Sometimes it’s worth working hard late Friday afternoon to finish a project rather than trying to pick up the pieces on Monday
Slayter goes on to say that if you practice these steps and still feel the “Sunday night blues,” than it’s time to consider “bigger changes in your personal life.”
The survey was conducted in August by asking visitors to the Monster.com site, “Are your ‘Sunday night blues’ bad enough to make you want a new job?” More than 3,600 people responded.
Among the findings of all respondents, both in the United States and around the world, is that 47% found their blues “really bad,” 18% found them “bad” and 13% found them “slightly bad.” Among all respondents, those from the U.S. reported the highest level of “Sunday night blues,” with 59% considering them “really bad.” Only 19% of Americans reported stress-free Sunday evenings.
France reported the lowest number of “really bad” Sunday nights at just 20%. In Germany, 33% of the workers claim they never experience the “Sunday night blues, “ the highest rate of all the countries represented by respondents.