Millions of employees around the world suffer from Monday morning blues. The only silver lining is that it afflicts employees only once a week before seemingly vanishing, only to resurface the next Monday.
There are a few simple measures, which could help banish this ailment.
Move that meeting
If you thought that Monday mornings would be the best possible time to have meetings, think again. This is probably the worst time to have a meeting.
Call to action: Move key meetings, particularly the ones that involve discussing financial targets and cost hurdles, to another day of the week. A meeting on Fridays would be a judicious idea. Then you can review what has happened during week, while also setting fresh goals for the following week.
Let employees share their weekend experiences
It is a basic human tendency to talk about the happy incidents in one’s life. The same applies to joyful weekends. Ask your employees to jot down a few interesting points from their weekend. It could be the description of the place they visited or any activity that they may have enjoyed with family or friends.
Call to action: Recommend your employees write down short notes and pin them onto a board, where everyone is bound to see them. Better still, incentivize the whole exercise. The best or most creative note wins a small prize. This way your employees will look forward to Mondays.
Plan Mondays on Fridays
Just as your team is winding down on a Friday, ask all the team members to do a simple task. Suggest they list all their respective tasks for Monday.
Call to action: Set a specific time on Friday, preferably late afternoon, just before your team is about to leave. Ask them to write down their tasks for Monday. The entire process should not take more than a few minutes. Once they put pen to paper, things will become clearer. They will have a winning plan already set up for them on Monday.
Get to know your employees’ motivators
Remember that every individual has a different motivation. It is important for team leaders and managers to find out about specific aspects that may be motivators, or conversely, de-motivators for employees.
Call to action: Performance appraisal interviews are perhaps the best time to talk to and find out about specific motivating factors for individuals. For example, if there is someone who dislikes traveling, then make sure that he or she is not told to do so on a Monday. Or, for that matter, if there is an employee who would faint at the very thought of some number-crunching – it is better that you assign them tasks on a Monday that do not involve complex calculations. Basically, what you are doing is helping them enjoy their Mondays. This way they are much more likely to return to the workplace full of energy after their weekend comes to a finish.
One of the easiest ways to banish Monday morning blues would be to, yes, you guessed it, banish the Monday itself! Stop calling Mondays “Mondays.” Instead you can substitute it with another word in your workplace. How about “Fun Day?” It may appear silly at first, but it could help bring down stress levels. Research has shown that repeated usage of certain affirmations will gradually create a positive impact on one’s mind.
Call to action: Make an announcement in your office that Mondays are dead. Long live the new Monday. You may even consider arranging for a mock funeral of the Monday and ask employees to contribute humorous epitaphs, with the wittiest among the lot winning a prize. You may also encourage all departments to make a joyous contribution every Monday.
It could be a small skit or a stand up comedy routine from one of the team members, or a witty limerick about the boss. Such exercises, apart from enhancing employee camaraderie and team spirit, will also get their creative juices flowing, which could lead to improved productivity in the long run.