A third of UK employees experience 'Sunday Night Fear', according to survey

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6th February 2020 11:29 - Business Support

A third of employees experience 'Sunday Night Fear': A recent survey found that a third of employees (33%) feel a sense of dread on Sunday evenings at the thought of going back to their desks and starting a new working week.

The CV-Library poll surveyed 2,000 British professionals and also found that around a quarter (26%) had at some point called in sick because they were too worried to go into the office.

According to the survey, feelings of dread were most acute among 25-34 year-olds, with four in 10 saying they regularly experienced  'Sunday Night Fear', with Monday the day they disliked most. 

Industries where most people feel the fear

People working in Media were found to dread going to work most, according to the survey, with two thirds (67%) admitting they feel the fear. Half the employees working in Electronics, Law, and Leisure/Tourism also said they regularly dread the start of their working week (50% respectively), as did those in Social Care (46%), Sales (46%), Finance (44%) and Agriculture (43%). Employees in Marketing (43%) and the automotive industry also admitted to experiencing Sunday night dread.

The worst day of the week according to respondents, is a Tuesday (just 5% said it was their favourite), with Friday unsurprisingly the favourite for more than half. 

More than six in 10 said they felt more positive about work when they were 'over the hump', that is Wednesday.

Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library said of the research: “If your employees suffer from Sunday night fear on a regular basis then it’s time to evaluate your company culture. Employees that feel stressed are often less productive, less efficient and, as the data shows, are far more likely to ‘pull a sickie’.”

 In a separate survey for technology solutions firm, Insight, it was revealed that a quarter of employees have taken a sick day in the last year, because going to work felt "too painful". This, says Insight equates to 8.58 million UK workers (based on ONS employment figures). 

The research, which polled 1,246 adults in January 2020 to coincide with National Sickie Day, also found that more than a third of respondents (37%) went into work despite feeling under the weather last year. Of those who braved the office despite feeling unwell, 13% said it was due to fear of being judged by their employer, while 9% said they didn't want to be judged by colleagues. 



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