You don't need a scientist to tell you when to ask for a raise, or quit your current gig, or even get busy with your significant other, right? I didn't think so. Go with the flow, go with your gut, do what seems right. Then again, maybe researchers have a few good ideas about timing. Life is all about timing, right?
Monday or Tuesday: Best Day To Resign
There is some method to the madness. Experts at Best Fit Work list the following reasons why you might want to break the news to the boss early in the week:
- Assuming that you’re giving two weeks notice, it makes it so your last day of the week can be on the end of the week on a Friday.
- It allows your boss to accept the news without ruining their weekend.
- HR should be in office to help start the process of your resignation paperwork, or a potential counter offer.
OK. That makes sense. Don't wait until Friday. Rip off the Bandaid early in the week.
Thursday Morning: Best Day To "Get Busy"
I'm sending this post to my dear wife, suggesting a little Thursday Morning Delight may be just what the doctor ordered. Hey, I'm just passing along essential research!
Cosmopolitan explains that "Researchers at the London School Of Economics have declared that Thursday morning is the absolute best for having sex, due to the fact that our natural cortisol levels, which stimulate those sexy hormones, are at their highest on this day. That means that men and women are in sync in the bedroom department - what more excuse do you need to get jiggy with it!"
Wait, I'm circling my calendar. But does anyone say "get jiggy with it"? I sure hope not.
Friday Morning: Best Day To Ask For a Raise
Again, this makes sense, it passes the smell test. Psychologists say Friday may be the best choice for a variety of very good reasons, according to Forbes: "My intuitive preference when to ask for a raise would be on a Friday mid-morning. The person I would ask would probably be looking forward to a weekend (hopefully in a good mood)!” She adds not to wait till Friday afternoon, since it may make you seem less confident, and the boss may be mentally hightailing out of the office already" according to Suzanne Roff-Wexler, PhD, psychologist and founder of CompassPoint Consulting.
Of course your results may vary, but there appears to be sound logic with some of these professional suggestions.
At the end of the day ignore the so-called experts and do what feels right for you!