Half of legal industry workers in the UK suffer from ‘Sunday night fear,’ survey finds

Unsurprisingly, workers love Fridays and feel good about being done with Wednesdays

Half of legal industry workers in the UK suffer from ‘Sunday night fear,’ survey finds

Half of workers in the legal industry in the UK suffer from “Sunday night fear,” a new survey has found.

CV-Library, which bills itself as the UK’s leading job board, asked 2,000 British professionals whether they dreaded to returning to work on Mondays.

The legal industry was not the most anxious to return to work, however, as 66.7% of professionals in the media sector said they experienced Sunday night blues. The legal sector tied with electronics and leisure/tourism.

These sectors were followed by social care at 46.4%, sales at 46.2%, finance at 43.6%, agriculture and marketing both at 42.9%, and automotive at 40.9%.

Overall, 33.4% of UK professionals said they suffer from Sunday night fear. The study also found that 26.4% admitted to calling in sick because they worried about going back to work.

The age group that most dreaded returning to work was 24-to-34-year-olds, with 41.3% saying they regularly felt anxious on weekends at the thought of returning to work. This age group also called in sick the most because of the anxiety, with 35.1% saying so.

CV-Library found that Brits actually think that Tuesday is the worst day of the working week. Only 5.1% of the respondents chose the day their favourite in the week. Unsurprisingly, the study found that workers love Fridays, with 57.4% picking it as their favourite day. The study also found that 63.6% said they feel better about the week after “getting over the hump” that is Wednesday.

Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library, said that if employees regularly feel anxious about returning to work, it’s a good sign that company culture needs to be evaluated.

“Employees that feel stressed are often less productive, less efficient and, as the data shows, are far more likely to ‘pull a sickie,’” he said. “It’s important to encourage managers to discuss workloads with any staff members that appear to be struggling; and offer support where possible. By encouraging employees to foster a healthy work-life balance, you’ll be future-proofing your business by attracting and retaining the best professionals in your industry. However, if you neglect to look after your staff, you may find it difficult to expand your operations and reach your company goals.”

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