Why Fridays Are Best for Firing

By Matthews, Athalie | Daily Mail (London), June 5, 2001 | Go to article overview

Why Fridays Are Best for Firing


Matthews, Athalie, Daily Mail (London)


Byline: ATHALIE MATTHEWS

THOSE on the receiving end might put up a pretty convincing argument that there is no such thing as a good day to get the sack.

But for the bosses who actually have to fire a member of staff it seems that Fridays are the best time to do the deed.

Such is the conclusion of academics in the United States who believe they have discovered a direct link between days of the week and the ability of office staff to complete different tasks.

The experts from George Washington University studied staff at 100 companies and concluded that Mondays and Tuesdays are good for analytical tasks such as sales analysis and budget setting, but disastrous for tasks based on communication, such as handling conflict, giving a presentation or brainstorming.

But by the end of the week the more 'human' and creative left side of the brain had eclipsed the domination of the analytical right side.

With creativity at its peak on a Friday, and people at their most relaxed and sensitive to others, the academics reckon it is a good time for tasks requiring 'strong interpersonal and communication skills' - such as sacking someone.

Business consultant and author Judi James agreed with the research. 'Most of us do mellow as the week progresses and this is a process far more fundamental that the fact that the weekend is in sight,' she said. …

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