Mondays tend to be a bit struggling for everyone. The lazy mind still wants to be in the resting phase, but the brain knows it has to work. The same story repeats time and again. Mondays come and the last thing we have in our mind is office, work, meetings, conferences etc. But coming out of your comfort zone, do you think Mondays are that bad? Yes, difficult to decide. That’s why #MondayMotivation started- motivating the mind to feel positive to work well.
#MondayMotivation is a popular hash tag used extensively on different social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. As every Monday rolls around, this hashtag is used to spread positive feelings, feelings of optimism. But does emotions have anything to do with our work?
Emotions have a vital role to play in making a business successful since they can influence how much you try and how further you can push your limits. A study conducted by famous psychologists Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer that focussed on interviewing 600 managers and analyzing the diary entries of 12,000 employees from different backgrounds, revealed that emotion was the number one work motivator. Surprisingly financial incentive did not top the list, as was guessed by many.
Dr. Stefan Stieglitz, a professor of professional communication on Social Media at the University of Duisburg- Essen says, “Emotional contagion means that a person can spread emotions to another person”. He added saying “emotions can also spread via computer-mediated communication, for example on social media”. While talking about #MondayMotivation, he explains that the hashtag can surprisingly create a community feeling among people who are unknown to each other in real life and hence has a positive effect. But he warns “there might also be people who use such a popular hashtag to get attention for their own account, or for marketing.”
And here lies the problem. Brands use the hashtag repeatedly to spread their messages and to generate attention for their products/services. Brands do this thing for positive reasons, quite obviously. This strategy becomes successful, in many cases, for quite sometime. As time passes, the strategy becomes a passé. Because it destroys the natural flow of a communication and decreases the interests of the users/viewers. Stieglitz further explains that the feelings generated by #MondayMotivation messages may not last long.
The bottom line is that #MondayMotivation messages may or may not work. If you are a person who gets motivated by inspirational quotes or messages, the hashtag will work. Otherwise, you need to take refuge to some other options for getting back to work with a bang!