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I Don’t Like Mondays

A recent study seems to prove that German workers have a permanent “Monday morning blues”. Almost every second German gets up very reluctantly and hates going to work on Monday mornings. A horrible thought.

By Jens Kügler

“I don’t like Mondays”. Do you remember the super hit of Bob Geldof and the Boomtown Rats? Psychologists know it: Monday mornings are the hardest time to motivate ourself. A recent study provides figures on this. A startup initiative called MondayMakers conducted this survey. The result: 42 percent are extremely reluctant to go to work on Mondays. The most common reasons why, strangely enough, have nothing to do with the day: People feel underpaid (around 35%), suffer from too much stress (around 33%) or lack of appreciation (just under 31%) or have a boring job (around 27%). Other reasons: “I don’t feel comfortable with my boss” and “I cannot identify with company goals” (approx. 19% each; data according to Statista data service).

What the heck does all this have to do with Monday? All these reasons are no better from Tuesday to Friday! Rather, German employees obviously have a problem with themselves, with their jobs and their motivation in general. Apparently everyone is just looking forward to the weekend and become frustrated when Sunday is over and now they have to work five infinitely long days. Accordingly, the mood should improve with every following day—to just fall back down again next Monday.

Hey—can it only depend on the day of the week, how much I love or hate my job? And how good I work?

One thing is clear: Something has to be switched in the people’s heads. Employers: Think about how you can motivate your people a little more, especially at the beginning of the week. More motivation means: more satisfied and productive workers. Employees: See how you overexploit your own resources. As unmotivated people you not only work worse but become more and more dissatisfied. You go your way down towards burnout and depression, 52 long weeks a year, except for holidays.

Last year we already made some small suggestions, see “Bye bye, Monday Morning Blues” and “Four Productive Morning Routines“.

Well, this (Monday) morning I went to the office on my road bike. Thus I collected points for my team at the nationwide online sustainability initiative “Stadtradeln” (City Cycling). Great: My city, Munich, has climbed to third place! This afternoon, when the sun comes shining through the clouds, I put the notebook with its fully charged battery in my backpack and cycle out to the lake with the WiFi beer garden … to work there. It’s all for the psychologically important change of scenery and the kind of sport I love. After all, mobile devices were made for this!

Okay, not everyone will be able to combine hobby with work. But just think about how many people could. And how many of them would have something to look forward to—early on Monday morning—in connection with their work.

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Soccer World Cup 2018: An Event At The Workplace

“Gol da Alemanha”: Goal for Germany! In Brazil this is a swearword – since Brazil’s disastrous 1:7 semifinal loss against Germany four years ago. Over here, it’s still a cheer. And if you can’t cheer among friends as the games take place during working hours, you’re all the more happy when you’re allowed to do it among colleagues.

By Jens Kügler

Everyone is looking forward to Thursday: World Cup in Russia, here we go! But 4 p.m., 5 p.m.—the kick-off times are not quite “employer-friendly”. Nevertheless, millions of people at Germany’s workbenches will alone be moved by thoughts like these: How’s the game going on for the German team? Who scored the goal? Are penalties awarded—rightly? In short: nobody does NOT want to see live what is happening in Moscow, Kazan or Saint Petersburg.

After all: Employers in Germany are more relaxed about the subject of the World Cup. According to a recent study, 57 percent have no objections to listening to radio broadcasts. 38 percent say even watching television is okay. After all, the bosses are no less enthusiastic about soccer than their employees.

I remember the 2002 World Cup that took place in Japan and Korea. The games were often at noon or in the early afternoon—which was late in the evening according to East Asian local time. In the publishing house where I worked, a beamer was set up in the group room and there was a World Cup party sponsored by the boss with bratwurst and non-alcoholic beer. He himself would stand outside by the grill. There were T-shirts with the publisher’s logo and a black, red and gold German flag color print. In short: every game of the German team up to the final was a teambuilding event that didn’t even cost much. Customers didn’t call during the games anyway.

Can you imagine any German company to ever receive a customer call, a visit or an e-mail during a “Germany” World Cup game that had to be answered immediately? I’m sure not. So there is no reason for employers over here to worry about it. Employees who are allowed to watch the games on TV are certainly not the most dissatisfied ones. And workers who find a World Cup game to be a group experience will certainly be grateful and will be happily work up those 90 minutes on the following days. In this sense: a successful World Cup for all of us. And: na starovje, as the Russians say (it doesn’t have to be vodka)!

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