When summer holidays are over, different studies and surveys regarding the so-called “post-holiday blues” always come up. All these studies agree that this syndrome only has mild consequences which can affect around 25% of the workforce and they also agree that its effects disappear within the first week at work. It is just the required adaptation to a more demanding environment, to which we had not been exposed for some time.
What I find interesting from the previous fact is the use of this syndrome in order to disguise a lack of motivation at work. I now recall the book Bonjour Laziness by the French writer Corinne Maier. This book was a best-seller in 2004 in France just at the time when the 35-hour working week was established there, only to be changed in 2008 by Sarkozy. In this “lazy style” school of thought, the French writer said:
“At the end of the day, everything you do is useless, and you could be replaced by any cretin who happens to be there. Then, what you have to do is just work as less as possible, allocate some part of your time to sell and promote yourself, so you are not put at risk of being sacked if there is a re-structuring”. Read More