How to beat Blue Monday

January 15, 2018

Blue Monday marks the day believed to be the most de-motivating and ‘depressing’ day of the entire year.

To beat the Monday blues, people are being encouraged instead to think about how the New Year can provide an opportunity to take control of their career.


Highs and Lows

The New Year is traditionally a time when people start considering a job-move, especially if they ended the last year feeling demotivated and disengaged.

With Blue Monday falling exactly three weeks to the day since Christmas – it’s natural for anyone struggling with back-to-work blues to start weighing up their options.

For anyone looking to improve their job satisfaction, research from Robert Half has found that the top drivers of happiness are having a sense of pride in your work (51%), bring treated with fairness and respect (51%) and feeling appreciated (50%).


Setting goals

For many, the New Year is an opportunity to sit down with your manager and set new objectives that provide meaning and value to your and at the same time, add value to the business. For others, the New Year will mean taking control of their own careers. While this can feel daunting, it can also be empowering.

Almost three in 10 employees (28%) in the UK have dreams of quitting the corporate world to become their own boss. This reflects that we have entered a new era where there are more opportunities than ever to use our skills and offer value.

This could mean setting-up a new business or even becoming a specialist interim or contract worker that can offer strategic advice on specific projects, business needs and challenges.

Whether it’s setting new objectives or changing career paths, it may well be time to update and perfect your CV or simply book some time with your boss to discuss next steps, there are plenty of ways to beat the Blue Monday blues.


About the author

Phil Sheridan is Senior Managing Director at Robert Half UK. Robert Half is a specialised recruitment consultancy and member of the S&P 500. Founded in 1948, the company has over 325 offices worldwide providing temporary, interim and permanent recruitment solutions for accounting and finance, financial services, technology, creative and administrative professionals. and

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