The most productive day of the week is Tuesday. Monday was the second most popular answer, although it appears to be losing favor: Only 12 percent of respondents ranked Monday as most productive, compared to 26 percent in a 2002 survey.
The national poll included responses from 150 senior executives — including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments — with the nationâ€™s 1,000 largest companies.
Executives were asked, â€œIn your opinion, on which day of the week are employees generally most productive?â€
The results mirror previous surveys conducted in 2002, 1998 and 1987.
â€œIn addition to serving as a â€˜catch-upâ€™ day after the weekend, Monday is when many regularly scheduled meetings occur, which can decrease the time available to complete tasks,â€ said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps. â€œMany view Tuesday as an opportunity to focus their efforts and establish momentum for the rest of the week.â€
One thing the study didn’t address is when Monday is a holiday like yesterday’s Presidents’ Day. Does that shift everything forward a day? If so, then this week, Wednesday is the new Tuesday?