Forget Mondays, the blues hit mid-Tuesday: survey

Mon Oct 26, 2009 2:58pm EDT
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Nearly half of British workers say mid-morning on Tuesday is the moment when they feel most stressed at work, a study suggests.

The makers of the health supplement Bimuno polled 3,000 adults and found most workers coast through Monday getting their brain in gear and catching up with gossip from the weekend through social networking sites.

But everything comes to a head at 11:45 a.m.

"Traditionally, people associate Monday as the worst day of the week, but this doesn't seem to be the case -- coasting through Monday means we're worse off on Tuesday -- both in terms of workloads and stress levels," Graham Waters, CEO of Bimuno-maker Clasado, said in a statement.

He added that people lead such fast-paced lives that stress naturally runs side by side with this uneven pace, especially when it comes to work.

Tuesday at 11:45am seems to be the time in the day when the real workload for the week hits employees and as a result stress levels rise. The study also revealed Tuesday as the day when workers are most likely to work through their lunch break due to the realization they have a busy week ahead.

"Work-related stress can lead to time off work so it's important to make sure we're all protecting ourselves to help minimize sickness and days off work," Waters said.

More than 53 per cent of those polled admitted cruising through Monday and one in 10 said they further delayed their tasks for the week by logging onto Facebook to view photos from their weekend antics.

Almost one in five employees will leave the office late on a Tuesday as they work after hours to salvage their week after putting in a poor effort the day before.   Continued...

 
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