Many workers feel Sunday night blues, survey finds
Love your weekend so much that it actually hurts to see it end?
Lots of people share your pain, according to a recent online poll conducted by the job site, Monster.com. Of some 3,600 respondents, 47 percent answered “yes” to the question, “Are your Sunday Night Blues bad enough to make you want a new job?”
The poll included respondents from other countries, but a greater share of U.S. workers suffered Sunday ills, with 59 percent rating their mood and anxiety as “really bad.”
Some Sunday night anxiety is to be expected; it’s even healthy, says James Campbell Quick, a leadership and organizational behavior professor at the University of Texas at Arlington.
“Some jobs are just risky and dangerous,” Campbell Quick explains. “I would worry about people who do not become somewhat anxious and maybe feel the blues before going on duty for such work.”
When anxiety feels crippling, though, it could mean your body is reacting to issues with co-workers.
“Some work environments are toxic with incivility, lack of compassion, mean-spiritedness and other unpleasant characteristics,” Campbell Quick notes.
The high unemployment in our troubled economy is also behind such a high degree of survey respondents reporting severe Sunday blues, theorizes Robert Delprino, associate professor of psychology at Buffalo State College. “For many of us, there is not the freedom to move on to another position,” he notes.
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