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Revealing Office Preferences on Mondays

Exploring Workplace Preferences for a Productive Week Ahead

Updated: July 10, 2023
Should Mondays be office days

Most of us dread returning to work on Monday morning, but many companies require Monday to be an in-office work day. Does starting the week in-person foster positive energy, or just make us all more tired? We surveyed 1,003 Americans working on-site, hybrid, and remote about their productivity, stress levels, and preferences for starting the workweek. Let’s see if a non-Monday start to the workweek could be the next big change in the workplace.

Where people work on Mondays

Key Takeaways

  • Only 24% of hybrid workers think being physically present in the office on Mondays brings fresh-week energy, with managers 38% more likely to believe so than employees.
  • 60% of hybrid workers work remotely on Mondays, while 40% go into the office.
  • 76% of hybrid workers would rather return to the office any day other than Monday.
  • 35% of hybrid workers say Tuesday is the most productive day to go into the office.
  • Only 16% of hybrid workers say Monday is the most productive day to go into the office.
  • The top reasons workers prefer a non-Monday return to the office include the following:
    • Better work-life balance throughout the week: 43%
    • Easier to get back into work mode: 42%
    • Avoid the rush and chaos of Mondays: 34%
    • Aligns with personal or family schedule: 31%
    • Allows a smooth transition from the weekend: 27%
Most common bare minimum Mondays practices

Key Takeaways

  • 1 in 4 workers practice “bare minimum Mondays.” Employees (26%) are more likely than managers (22%) to say so.
  • Hybrid workers (31%) are more likely to practice bare minimum Mondays than remote (24%) and on-site (22%) workers.
  • 1 in 4 workers say they are less productive on Mondays than the rest of the week. Hybrid workers (28%) are the most likely to say so compared to remote (26%) and on-site workers (22%).
  • Over 1 in 8 workers say they only work up to 3 hours behind their computers on Mondays. On-site workers are 2 times more likely than hybrid and remote workers combined to say so.
  • 82% of workers desire a shorter workweek.
    • By work situation:
      • Remote: 84%
      • Hybrid: 80%
      • On-site: 81%
  • 57% of workers want Monday to be part of the weekend.
    • By work situation:
      • Remote: 59%
      • Hybrid: 56%
      • On-site: 55%

The Monday Dilemma

The American workplace has changed significantly over the past few years, and workers continue to question long-standing business standards. Many workers prioritize work-life balance and feel less time at the office leads to more focused productivity. Our study found that Mondays are often less productive, and many workers feel a longer weekend and Tuesday start day would bring better energy to the office. As employers consider employee preferences and flexible work arrangements, they can foster a positive work environment and enhance productivity throughout the week.


For this campaign, we surveyed 1,003 employed Americans. Among them, 68% were employees, and 32% were managers. The work situation of respondents is as follows: 26% hybrid, 34% on-site, and 39% remote.

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