Why isn’t TGIM – thank God its Monday – a common expression? Why do Mondays get such a bad rap? By the way people celebrate Fridays and openly dread Mondays, you would think that everyone despises their job. And while it’s definitely true for some, it can’t be a universal truth. If it is, we are in bigger trouble than we thought.
The New York Daily News reported on a Gallop study showing that 70% of Americans think negatively about their jobs. That means that most of the people you pay are dragging themselves into the office every day and would rather be someplace else.
A certain percentage of people took the job because it was better than being unemployed and making no money at all. There is little you can do for that group. But the rest were once excited about the job, only to lose that enthusiasm over the course of working for your company. Here are some things you can do to improve that situation and get employees to stay on:
Resolve the HR issues
If your company is occasionally late with payroll, even by a day, it radically decreases employee enthusiasm. Being paid late feels like not being paid at all. And it can have serious financial consequences in the form of late bill payments and an overdrawn bank account that results in fees and penalties. For them, Monday feels like the start of yet another week that might end badly from a financial perspective.
An integrated HR platform can alleviate any payday concerns. Leading the category are Zenefits and Gusto (you can compare these 2 popular online HR solutions for a better sense of what the better fit is for your needs).
Software automation can help with more than payroll issues — it can also facilitate health benefits, 401k, and commuter benefits. There are a lot of Monday issues that relate to minor HR matters. Eliminate those, and Mondays become a lot less dreadful.
Make Monday the Day of Repair
When relationships are broken on Monday, the strain between employees and co-workers lasts all week. In those situations, Friday feels more like an escape from prison, or a release from an asylum. When relationships are repaired, it can be the start of something great.
As an employee or supervisor, you can make Monday the day where you listen to employees rather than barking orders. You can turn it into Good News Monday, when you only provide positive feedback. Make Monday a day where no one gets fired or chewed out. Make Monday the day where everyone has something positive to look forward to, rather than bracing themselves for petty bickering.
Front-load the Good Stuff
Why do we have casual Fridays? No one needs a boost on Friday. Everyone is already excited about Friday. Many people only work a half a day on Friday. Don’t waste your morale boosters on a day when morale is already at its highest. Save them for Monday.
Promoting optimism on Monday is the key to getting people excited about starting their work week. Make Monday the day of celebrating the monthly birthday party. Make Monday the day you hand out spiffs for last week’s performance. Make Monday the day you put out the continental breakfast. Let those who had a full week’s attendance have an extra 30 minutes for lunch the following Monday.
The idea is to make Monday the day that everyone has something to look forward to. Currently, this type of thing is always done on Friday. But the start of the week is when you need your workforce most energized. So put all your wood behind the Monday arrow, and you will more often hit the target.
At the end of the day, it’s less about Monday and more about getting the people who work for you to love their jobs. You didn’t hire machines; you hired living, breathing, human beings. They have emotions, up days and down days. They have kids and soccer practice and dreams of their own.
Fix the HR issues. Help repair broken relationships within the company. And give them a reason for optimism to start their week. That is a sure-fire way to get employees to stay. In return, your employees will fall in love with their jobs all over again and give you the kinds of Mondays that move your company forward.