Tuesday worst day of the work week

Tuesday is actually seen as the worst day of the work week.

This research comes from CV-Library, which found that only 5 per cent of employees choose Tuesday as their favourite day of the week.

It also found once over the Wednesday “hump”, 63 per cent of workers feel better about the week. Over half (57 per cent) say Friday is their favourite day and 26 per cent say they have called in sick on Monday due to Sunday night fear of work.

The industries where UK employees are most likely to suffer from Sunday night fear are:

  • Media (68 per cent)
  • Electronics (50 per cent)
  •  Legal (50 per cent)
  • Leisure/Tourism (50 per cent)
  • Social Care (46 per cent)
  • Finance (43 per cent)
  • Agriculture (43 per cent)
  • Marketing (43 per cent)
  • Automotive (41 per cent)


Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library said:

If your employees suffer from Sunday night fear on a regular basis then it’s time to evaluate your company culture. Employees that feel stressed are often less productive, less efficient and, as the data shows, are far more likely to ‘pull a sickie’.

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.

In October 2019, CE Safety, a company that offers Occupational Health (OH) and safety courses found that Tuesday 8th of October is the deadliest date for workplace accidents in the UK, not Friday 13th.

A 10-year study has revealed 373 people have died at work on a Tuesday in the UK, as well as 84 workplace deaths on Tuesday 8th. In comparison, 327 people have died at work on a Friday and 80 on Friday 13th.





Darius is the editor of HRreview. He has previously worked as a finance reporter for the Daily Express. He studied his journalism masters at Press Association Training and graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.