Do You Dread Going to Work on Monday?

I'll share what caused me to dislike going to work.

by Eric Holdeman / July 9, 2019

Ideally, work should not feel like work. The old saying is, like what you do and you will never have to work a day of your life. Yet, many people like the work, but there are other factors that come to impact their feelings about going back to work on a Monday, or any other day of the week.

See the information below and see if you "line up" with any of the issues that people called out as causing stress on the job.


Many workers are coming back to the office today after a long holiday weekend which makes this story from the Wall Street Journal even more timely: Sunday Night Is the New Monday Morning, and Workers Are Miserable. The article cites "workplace creep" as the primary issue — chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.

Robert Half has conducted a recent survey that supports these findings:

  • 34% of workers in Seattle reported having the "Sunday Scaries": anxiety felt Sunday night before the start of the work week.
  • This compares to 39% of workers nationally.
  • Ranking first was Sacramento at 51% — Los Angeles ranked second at 49% — Tampa ranked lowest city with worker "Sunday Scaries" at 31%.

Seattle workers were also asked about the top causes of their anxiety. Their replies:

  • Heavy workloads or project deadlines — 29%
  • Having a challenging relationship with their manager — 24%
  • Not liking their job duties — 21%
  • Conflicts with coworkers — 15%


I can tell you that what was always demotivating for me was this one:

  • Having a challenging relationship with their manager — 24%

I had one boss who when I would "open my mouth to speak" would shut me down. He did not want to hear anything from me. This was back when I was in the Army and it almost caused me to resign my commission. But I hung in there, endured for a year and then he and I parted our ways — gladly, likely on both our parts.  

Fortunately I've only had two or three leaders who I found challenging out of dozens of bosses I've had over the years. 

Debbie Lazo shared the information above. 

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