Over 30% of employees have ‘minor dread’ on Sunday nights

Over 30% of employees have ‘minor dread’ on Sunday nights

We know it as the Antique's Roadshow effect. It's Sunday and you need to have a bath, finish off your homework and prepare for a school day. Yuck. A n

We know it as the Antique’s Roadshow effect. It’s Sunday and you need to have a bath, finish off your homework and prepare for a school day. Yuck. A new study has shown that 51% of employees are neutral on Sunday nights to the idea of work, but a huge 34% are experiencing minor dread, and when asked if they would go back in time and work the same career again, 60% say they wouldn’t.

More than 26,000 people shared their attitudes toward work in the PARADE/Yahoo! Finance Job Happiness Survey – and it seems that happiness isn’t within many people’s grasp – stunningly, more than 35 percent would fire their bosses if they could.

On the up side, most of those currently employed feel secure in their jobs. More than 2 out of 3 are confident they’ll still be working in five years, most of those surveyed also enjoy working with their colleagues: just over half would still be friends with them if they didn’t work together.

So, what do employees want? 

If given a choice between a 5 percent pay raise or two more weeks of vacation per year, most (56 percent) would take the money. Would they rather improve their commute or their workspace? Almost 2 out of 3 would improve their workspace.

Here are some of the answers. What can you learn or recognise about your own workplace or feelings towards work?

If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same career you’re in now?
Yes – 41%
No – 59%

Would you fire your boss if you could?
Yes – 35%
No 65%

What would you improve first: Your commute or your workspace?
Commute – 38%
Workspace – 62%

Would you rather have a 5 percent raise or two more weeks of vacation?
Raise – 56%
Vacation – 44%

Would you be friends with your colleagues if you didn’t work with them?
Yes – 51%
No – 49%

How do people really get ahead on the job?
Hard work – 27%
Initiative – 18%
Creativity – 4%
Internal politics – 51%

How often do you bring work home with you?
Every day – 13%
Often – 24%
Rarely – 36%
Never – 26%

What best describes your mood on Sunday night?
Excitement – 6%
Neutral – 51%
Minor dread – 34%
Despair – 9%

How confident are you that you’ll be employed over the next five years? (10 is most confident, 1 is least confident)
10 – 41%
9 – 11%
8 – 14%
7 – 8%
6 – 4%
5 – 9%
4 – 3%
3 – 3%
2 – 2%
1 – 5%

If you lost your job tomorrow, how many months of savings would you have to tide you over?
I have no savings – 27%
1-3 months – 26%
4-6 months – 15%
7-9 months – 5%
10-12 months – 8%
13-24 months – 6%
More than 2 years – 13%

At what age do you expect to fully retire?
Younger than 60 – 13%
60-64 – 20%
65 – 15%
66-70 – 28%
71-75 – 12%
Older than 75 – 13%

With 51 percent saying the only way to get ahead at work is through “internal politics”—while “hard work” came in a distant second (27 percent) – perhaps employees are looking for a way to get recognised where they are.

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