I surveyed 483 people asking one simple question: What is the best day of the week to work from home?
I was curious to know from people who work in a hybrid setting (sometimes in the office, sometimes remotely) which was their favorite day to skip the commute. Here’s what we found out.
The Best Day To Work From Home: Monday
In a survey of 483 remote workers, Monday received 146 votes (30%) to slightly beat out Wednesday with 140 votes (29%) followed by Friday with 125 votes (25%).
Ranking The Best Days To WFH (Most Popular To Least)
- Monday: 30% of people picked this day as the best
- Wednesday: 29%
- Friday: 26%
- Tuesday: 7%
- Thursday: 5%
- Saturday: 2%, Sunday: 2% (tie)
Interesting takeaways about the best days to work from home:
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday make up 85% of the vote (overwhelming the other options)
- People really don’t like to work from home on Thursdays (just 5% voted for this option)
- Almost as many people would rather work from home on the weekend (4%) as they would on Thursday (5%)
- People don’t like to work from home on Tuesdays either (just 7%)
- Saturday (2%) and Sunday (2%) are equal, showing there is no preference if work needs to get done on a weekend
- Monday (30%) and Wednesday (29%) are nearly equal
What are the best days to go into the office?
Tuesday and Thursday
Tuesday (7% of the vote) and Thursday (5%) came in as the weekdays that people like to work from home the least. Conversely, that makes Thursday the best day to go into the office and Tuesday the second best.
Why is that your favorite day to work from home?
I asked survey respondents why they each chose the day they did. I thought this may be more insightful than the results themselves. If you have the chance to work in a hybrid setting and are deciding which days to work from home, here are some selected responses organized by day.
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Monday (30%): The best day to work from home
“Mondays are never easy. You’re trying to get back into the work groove, plan your week and catch up on any news/changes from the weekend. Working from home gives you that added flexibility to begin the day your way.”
Thank you to Fraser Wilson of AnswerConnect.
“Mondays used to be a dreaded workday because it signals the end of the weekend. However, I don’t feel the same dread in the remote working environment.”
Thank you to Stephen Light of Nolah Mattress.
Tuesday (7%): The 4th best day to work from home
“I find that Tuesdays are the perfect day to work from home as usually Monday goes into planning out the week and setting tasks so Tuesday tends to be the main day to begin executing on those deliverables.”
Thank you to Sir Sanju Ganglani of gang&lani media.
“Mondays are generally more hectic since you’re not just completing tasks but also setting expectations and deadlines for the rest of the week. In the midst of this, you need to make time for in-person meetings or team calls to ensure everyone’s on the same page. For this reason, I personally find Tuesday’s a lot more productive and focused since you can zero in on tasks with a lot more focus without disrupting your workflow. Moreover, Monday pretty much acts like a primer that gets the ball rolling for the rest of the week. The next day is obviously a good day to ride this wave of productivity.”
Thank you to Richa Nathani of Dialed Labs.
Wednesday (29%): The 2nd best day to work from home
“Choosing Wednesday as your work from home day might seem strange. It’s right in the middle of the week. But that’s exactly why it’s the most appropriate day. Firstly, having a WFH day in the middle of the week gives you a well deserved break from all the commuting and social interactions that drain you. You come back on Thursday all fresh and ready for the last two days of the week.”
Thank you to Elizabeth Hicks of Parenting Nerd.
“In case partially working from home I prefer to work from home on the Wednesday to use the middle of the week as a recalibration moment. Here I evaluate my actions that week so far and make adjustments to the plan for the rest of the week. Doing this from home gives me the mental space and opportunity to do this effectively.”
Thank you to Tom of Cat & Friends.
“Wednesdays are your best bet. It’s a nice way to break up the week: two days in the office, one day working from home, and two more days in the office. This results in a consistent workflow that includes a number of planning meetings early in the week, a productive working from home Wednesday, and two equally productive and collaborative days at the end of the week.”
Thank you to Edward Smith of Nootropics Official.
Thursday (5%): The worst weekday to work from home
“The day you work from home will likely be your most productive day of week! You want it to be later in the week so that you can sit in meetings and gather all the tasks you need to do early in the week. Then, spend your day working from home getting all those tasks completed. I recommend Thursday instead of Friday to reduce any temptation of ducking out a little early for the weekend. You are also most likely to take Fridays off for a long weekend. If you are working on Fridays it’s a great day to wrap up any outstanding items from the week and have any necessary meetings.”
Thank you to Sarah Ohanesian of SO Productive.
“It will be more productive to do the most important collaborative works in the first three days of the week (Mondays to Wednesdays). Starting Thursdays, it is more productive to work on projects that need more time at home after tasks are divided or when you need to focus on your work without the constant pressure in the office.”
Thank you to James Idayi of Cloudzat.
Friday (26%): The 3rd best day to work from home
“In my experience as a marketing manager at a software company, the best day to work from home would be Friday. The volume of customer queries and meetings with potential clients and brand partners tend to decrease during Fridays, and so for me, it’s easier to work from home on that day.”
Thank you to Maya Levi of ReturnGO.
“Fridays are by far to the best day to work from home because it means you can start your weekend sooner! A long commute is an exhausting end to the week. Being able finish work and still have the time and energy to do something with the family with a blessing.”
Thank you to Scott Nelson of MoneyNerd.
Saturday (2%): The worst day to work from home (tied)
“Every day is a good day to work from home, but having remote access on the weekend allows you to keep tabs on urgent tasks without having to waste time commuting or being tied to a desk.”
Thank you to Andrew Latham of SuperMoney.
“I know that working on Saturdays is not ideal for some people, but for me it is the best. I don’t have any business meetings (Zoom calls) on the weekends because the staff is not required to work that day. I also don’t have to answer any client emails on Saturdays as it is not an expected work day. I am able to just focus on my task list and get things done for most of the day. If I do make plans to go out or socialize on Saturday, I can work before or after the plans. I love the peace and quiet of working from home on Saturdays.”
Thank you to Addys Guerra of Alliance Technology Group Solar.
Sunday (2%): The worst day to work from home (tied)
“I would have to go with Sunday, because it’s the calmest day of the week. I don’t believe in Mondays, so I get a head start to my week by working on Sunday from home in tranquility.”
– Thank you to Sharon Van Donkelaar of Expandi.
“Because it’s the first working day of the week for me (I work Sunday-Thursday). Working from home on that day helps me avoid that first-day-of-the-week dread we all know and hate. It’s a really nice way to ease myself into a new work week.”
– Velin Dragoev of Keen Fighter.
Which days do people choose to work from home the most?
According to data from WFH Research and shared via a tweet by Nick Bloom, Friday has become the chosen day to work from home for hybrid companies.
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