Do your employees appear sluggish and lethargic on Monday mornings? Do they seem to just go through the motions when they arrive to work at the beginning of the week?
However, regarding productivity levels during the day, most workers fare better at the beginning of the workday:
The survey results were revealed at the Great Place to Work Annual Conference in Dallas Texas, as part of the Rethink the Daily Grind initiative. The campaign’s goal is to help organizations discover ways to increase engagement and collaboration.
But first, let’s analyze some of the reasons workers are tired in the morning and need extra energy – especially on Monday morning. According to Glenn Riseley, founder and president at Global Corporate Challenge, an organization developed to improve the health and productivity of workers, “When employees arrive at work and they’ve not had enough sleep or the quality of their sleep has been compromised, this impacts a suite of elements that in turn compromise their ability to perform their jobs effectively.”
Riseley says that modern workplace cultures are at odds with our biological and psychological make-up, and employees are struggling to adapt. “The result is a constant feeling of being overwhelmed and this ‘always on’ state is impacting employees’ lives inside and outside of work.”
Ultimately, Riseley says employees must take personal responsibility for getting enough sleep at night, and also for eating health and exercising, since these factors all affect the worker’s well being.
However, employees spend the majority of their waking hours at work. So what can companies do to help engage them more and perhaps increase productivity and performance during those critical morning hours – while also doing their part to encourage healthy eating and exercise?
In addition to tips for energizing employees on Monday mornings, Mars recommends other ways to improve connectivity and employee well being:
Implementing these tips can help your organization create a welcoming work environment that energizes employees. By rethinking the daily grind, and reconsidering when, how, and where to create fun, engaging opportunities, you can create the kind of culture than fosters collaboration and increases productivity.