How many times have you walked in to work on a Monday and just sunk into your chair while claiming that you hate Mondays? Happens almost every week, doesn't it? Well, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that 'Monday blues' might actually be a phenomenon and not just something that's in your head and the bad news is that well, this phenomenon exists.
The researchers were able to find that the 'Monday Effect' is a very real thing and is basically the letdown of returning to work after the weekend. Not only can this affect productivity but also psychology, finance and supply chains. It was also found that when operations shut down on the weekend, resuming them again on Monday hurt the supply chain performance on Mondays.
For the research, the experts gathered data of more than 800,000 transaction records gathered during a 12-month period from the U.S. General Services Administration. They also analysed the order and fulfilment data from a large supermarket chain in China. They found that weekends created a bottleneck at distribution centres which meant the centres were overloaded with everything on Mondays.
The researchers suggested that a few ways to combat this 'Monday effect' were to increase staffing on Mondays (and also after holidays), fewer meetings on Mondays, more training activities, increased mood lifters and double-checking work on Mondays.
“Technology is more helpful in substituting for labour when humans are more prone to making mistakes,” the researchers said. “Computer-to-computer links avoid potential human effects resulting from the weekend break,” they added.