If you ever refer to Wednesday as hump day, down an extra cup of coffee on Mondays or avoid scheduling meetings on Fridays, you already know that the day of the week can affect your attitude on the job.
Mondays are hectic. Mid-week is filled with meetings, and on Fridays, people are thinking about the approaching weekend. But while these weekday highs and lows may be unavoidable, they don’t have to work against you as an employer. In fact, studies show that companies can use many weekday norms to their advantage by taking certain actions – from sending emails to sharing bad news – on certain days.
Here is a quick breakdown to help you plan your most effective workweek ever.
MONDAY – Fire an employee.
Many variables factor into the timing of when to let an employee go. That said, a large contingent of employers say that it is best to let an employee go early in the week. Not only can people get started right away on the job hunt, but firing people early in the week allows them to work with your HR team to get lingering questions and concerns answered as they arise, as opposed to a Friday, when they could be left hanging until the following week. Firing on a Friday also gives people time to stew over the weekend and may lead to a heated confrontation come Monday.
TUESDAY – Schedule a meeting.
Having trouble getting that big meeting on the calendar? Minimize scheduling conflicts by setting it for Tuesday afternoon. Recent data shows that Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. is the time period that most people accept meeting requests, potentially due to a jump in productivity and focus after Monday’s chaos. It’s also among the most popular times (along with Wednesday and Thursday afternoons) for people to read emails and direct mail. Coincidence?
WEDNESDAY – Post for new hires.
Recruiters take note: Halfway through the workweek is prime time to post that new job opening. Although many employers like to post new jobs on Mondays, reposting in the middle of the week could help you break through the noise to capture the attention of top talent. Even better? Post at the beginning and middle of the week to boost visibility.
THURSDAY – Deliver bad news.
There is never a good time to share bad news. But if you need to get the message across, most experts agree to wait until later in the day and toward the end of the week. This helps ensure that people don’t mull over the news all week but still have time to voice concerns. Thursday is also an ideal day to make a job offer for this reason, as you’re giving the candidate time to think through the offer without giving him or her the entire weekend to weigh competing options.
FRIDAY – Post on Facebook.
Don’t burn through your good social media posts too early in the week. New data from Adobe’s 2014 Social Intelligence Report found that Friday is the day when people are most likely to share, like and engage with posts from company pages, earning about 15.7 percent of the week’s total post impressions.
Try these tips and see how your week shapes up.