A classic PR bait and switch, now – where the main headline of the story quickly gives way to a secondary finding, which itself is the real purpose of the article. From the Daily Mail:
Monday is the least productive day for HALF the nation as most of us are tired from the weekend and anxious about the week ahead
The first day of the working week is the least productive for half of the nation, new research has revealed.
About 48 per cent of Britons go to work in the wrong mindset and more than a third feel tired at the start of the week.
Source: Daily Mail, 4th November 2013
So, it seems we’re reading an article about how we’re all a bit useless on a Monday, right? Except, here’s the left turn, coming up:
Furthermore, the research shows that 57 per cent of workers feel anxious and stressed during the weekend in anticipation of the working week ahead.
Half said they spent up to three hours working on or answering work emails or calls over the weekend.
Suddenly, we’re worried not about Monday, but about our inability to switch off from work on a weekend – and then how that leaves us too tired to face a Monday.
The study of nearly 6,000 adults also indicated that 52 per cent believe their health and well-being is negatively impacted by work due to lack of exercise, sleep and relaxation.
OK, so, perhaps what we need to do is to find a way to switch off on a weekend, ideally one involving exercise, sleep and relaxation, right? Who do we have to thank for this eye-opening wake-up call?
The research was carried out by Westin Hotels and Resorts.
Sue Firth, Occupational Psychologist at the London Stress Clinic, said: ‘People need the weekend to relax and unwind from the stresses of work. That way, they come back on Monday full of energy.
Perhaps Westin Hotels and Resorts will be able to help us find somewhere which meets those ideal weekend requirements. Bait and switch.