Blue Monday no more?

A survey has found the UK positively springs out of bed on a Monday morning. Although we're not so sure.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 24 Nov 2010
Bob Geldof may have objected to Mondays, but it seems the majority of the nation’s workforce actually rather enjoys them. A new survey has found that three-quarters say that when it comes to dragging themselves out of bed on a Monday morning, they feel ‘motivated and up for work’. 28% even said they feel ‘positively motivated’. Which rather flies in the face of all the doom-and-gloom around at the moment, doesn't it? Are we actually happier at work than we're being told to be?

Of the 2,370 people questioned in a YouGov survey commissioned by (randomly) Opportunity Peterborough, 44% said when they wake up on a Monday morning, they’re ‘reluctant but ready’ to go to work, while only 14% said they were ‘tired and demotivated’, and just 6% said they actively resent it. Apparently, there was no category for ‘I’d rather be absolutely anywhere else in the universe'.

There are only a few minor gripes about places of work. While 80% said they like where they work, just over a quarter said they’d like to cut their commute by working closer to where they live, and 22% say they’d like to have more to do at lunchtime.

So perhaps Lord Young’s comments last week that ‘we’ve never had it so good’ weren’t completely without foundation. The enterprise tsar (who subsequently beat a hasty retreat, quitting mere hours after the comments became public) told The Telegraph that ‘for the vast majority of people in the country, they have never had it so good since this so-called recession started’. He went on to cite low mortgage rates as proof, adding that the loss of 100,000 public sector jobs a year is ‘within the margin of error’ for our jobs market.

On the other hand, perhaps this isn't proof of general job satisfaction - maybe it's just proof that all these people are glad to have any kind of job at all at the moment, with the recovery still struggling to gather speed. And then there's the 2.45m people who are unemployed – at least some of whom, presumably, not all that happy about staying in bed on a Monday morning.

Besides, judging by the bleary-eyed faces turning up to MT Towers on a Monday morning, the anecdotal evidence suggests starting the week isn’t that easy at all...

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