Truly Shakespearean passions boil in the offices of large and small companies during the first weeks of September: shouting, rows, insults. Psychologists diagnose that these are the consequences of the so-called post-holiday syndrome. Employees who have relaxed on the sea and ocean shores cannot quickly get back into the rhythm of work.
Experts have even calculated that this psychological discomfort turns into unmotivated aggression on the part of no less than half of the citizens who have just rested. In addition, if before this behavior was manifested more frequently only in verbal disputes with colleagues, now mistreatment is also questioned. Such fights do not enter the police reports: the governing body does not want to tell stories outside the office. But sociologists say the number of fights at work has doubled in the last year. In addition, people of fairly peaceful professions take part in fights.
Personnel specialists point out that absolutely all company employees are subject to post-holiday depression, starting with junior subordinates and ending with CEOs. As for the most “dangerously explosive” professions, reference is made in the first place to journalists, doctors and designers. Blue-collar workers are arranged in this same order in the ranking of the most “combatant” professions by Hyteren Gruppe, the Austrian analytics company.
One does not have to look very far to find examples. Journalists confirm their title of top warring fellows almost daily. Thus, the struggle of the editors of the art department of The New York Times paralyzed the work of the newspaper throughout the summer day. Anita LeClerc, the boss, became the instigator of the fight, and Mary Ann Giordano, her deputy, the victim. It all started with the strong controversy over the segregation of duties among employees. After a stormy “exchange of views”, the editor grabbed her deputy’s wrist and a real fight started.
Only the chief editor managed to stop the riots. A similar incident took place in Russia the other day too, in one of the big capital newspapers. At the close of the working day, two journalists from the culture department could not agree on which of them would go to one of the capital’s theaters to make a report. In short, no one went: the chief editor of the newspaper had his front tooth knocked out with the folder, and he in turn gave his opponent a black eye.
Many psychologists advise those in charge of firms to hold corporate parties or trips to the countryside during the first weeks of September to deal with the post-holiday depression of their employees. The positive frame of mind will help the staff to “get in” with the flow of work.
However, some corporate bosses manage to relieve their subordinates of stress more efficiently than with a banal corporate party. In most cases, unexpected decisions pay off. Corporate psychologists invent various training and exercises “for the nerves”, and also create special “relaxation” rooms in some companies. The Japanese invention of the 50s of the last century, “head to hit”, is used all over the world to this day.
Also, quiet music is played in the smoking rooms of some corporations so that one can distract from work for a while. And here and there special chill-outs are created, where one can sit in a calm atmosphere and communicate with colleagues on abstract topics.