WORK-LIFE BALANCE / OCT. 22, 2014
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Survey Reveals That UK Employees are Jealous of Co-worker's Weekends

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The weekend is the time where you get to relax a bit after a busy week at the office. Sometimes it feels like the weekend can never come fast enough, but when it does finally arrive how you spend your weekend and what you tell your work colleagues you got up to can be two completely different things. According to a recent study by Travelodge you’re most likely suffering from something called “Weekendvy” which affects a third of employees in the UK. This study has also discovered that one in three employees lie about what they did over the weekend in order to compensate for their own short comings.

When your colleagues tell you about all of the exciting things they did over their weekend like attending fine art galleries, wine tasting, or even rock climbing; deep down you know that sitting on your couch, catching up on your favourite television shows just doesn’t compare.

You feel almost inadequate as your colleagues continue to banter on about how much they enjoyed their active weekend, so you devise your own tale tell that is in fact very far from the reality of how you spent your weekend. If you have ever told a tall tale just to make your weekend sound better than it actually was, you’re not alone according to this study and the psychologist Corinne Sweet who commented:

“The psychological condition, ‘Weekendvy’ that’s currently hitting Britain is to do with needing to feel like an alpha male or female with high status.We don’t want to admit that most of our weekend time is spent trying to catch up on house work, paperwork and endless chores.”

Embellishing what you did over the weekend isn’t exactly something to feel ashamed of, just because you didn’t hop onto the Eurostar to spend you weekend in Brussels does not mean that you have failed as a human being. All it means is that you had a less eventful weekend than Bob who works over in the Accountancy department. This study goes to show that UK employees are extremely fixated on projecting certain characteristics with three quarters of employees convincing themselves that their colleagues are more socially engaged over the weekends than they are. With social media platforms that allow us to show off every aspect of our social lives creates a certain level of social pressure, no wonder the UK’s workforce are showing signs of insecurity which translates to “Weekendvy.”

Peer pressure could also be responsible for this phenomenon. Workplace dynamics amongst co-workers can be personally taxing and when you put social ‘one-upmanship’ into the mix what you have is a need to gain social acceptance by your co-workers. The more insecure you are about your social life, the more likely you’re going to feel the need to make up stories about what you did with your weekend.

Whether you decided to go to your local park to read a book or ended up spending some time with friends, just be content with how you choose to spend your free time instead of making up adventurous stories all for the sake of making your colleagues suffer from “Weekendvy.”

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