What Is The Best Day To Work From Home? My Thoughts

Now that remote work is more common than ever, there are some days that work better for others. In other words, what is the best day to work from home? The responses may vary on this question, as there are certain days of the week where it works better for everyone. Working from home (WFH) comes with its challenges, but can have a lot of benefits. In this post, I will give you the most common day for remote work, as well as my own thoughts and those of others.

UPDATED: JUNE 25, 2022

What is the most common day for WFH?

According to some research I found, it seems that Wednesday is the best day of the week to work from home. That may make sense- considering it’s during the middle of the week. 

The middle of the week may be quieter for some businesses. Whereas at these places, it can be busy around the beginning or the end of the week. If there’s no need for in-person interactions, then Wednesday may be a good day to do that.

What is the best day to work from home: Some sources have indicated that Wednesday is likely the best day to work from home.

Also, some companies tend to avoid the beginning or the end of the week, as the weekend starts or finishes. Mondays and Fridays are tricky as they’re closer to the weekends.

It makes sense to want to work from home those days; however, that can mean an extended weekend for some people. So companies try to avoid Mondays and Fridays as WFH days for their employees.

What do other people think about it?

From an employee standpoint, some people have told me they prefer WFH on Mondays and Fridays. As I just mentioned, that does not sit well with a lot of companies.

You have the challenge of going into the weekend (on Friday), or deciding to extend the weekend (going into Monday). So there’s certainly a divide when it comes to which days are best for WFH.

Although there may be a divide on this topic, neither side may be satisfied with the best day for WFH. But when it comes to this type of a decision, it’s up to the employer to make the final decision overall.

Moreover, it becomes a challenge and a tougher sell for remote work opportunities. It’s why some people think that employers should listen and receive feedback from their staff.

When you have that type of feedback, it’s better to understand what other people think about it generally.

What is the best day to work from home: There are disagreements about what days people should be allowed to work on each week.

What do I think about it in general?

As mentioned in a previous post, I honestly do not know how it should be structured. Not having that remote work option, I can’t tell what days work better or not.

But if I had to choose, I do believe the middle of the week is better. Whether that’s on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, those days look more neutral for WFH.

What I can explain based on my experience is that’s the way to do it. I may not have worked from home, but I did work on the weekends for several jobs. 

My experience with work schedules

Some of the jobs had me working on the weekends. It may not be ideal for some people, but that’s how these jobs were.

My typical schedule would be Thursday-Monday (or Wednesday-Sunday). I had five days a week, but it fell on the weekends.

Typically, the weekends were the busiest times for us to get work done. With that, it’s why the middle of the week happened to be quieter.

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Having the off days on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays made sense for the work I did. So the middle of the week was the best time to be off from work.

The schedules worked out so that the weekend off did not conflict with work. Due to this, I never had Friday-Sunday or Saturday-Monday off.

What do other workplaces do?

Not all companies do things the same way with remote work. Some places have moved to permanent remote work, while others are working from home a couple of days a week.

Some companies may do the opposite of what was discussed earlier. For example, one company I interviewed with in the past does mostly remote work.

What they told me was they worked from home for four days. Then they come into the office one day of the week.

I think Wednesdays happen to be the one day of the week when they come into the office. They value remote work but understand that in-person collaboration and engagement are essential every week.

What is the best day to work from home: Work from home schedules can vary, as not all companies follow the same-structured schedule.

Will the days change over time?

Now that remote work has grown in popularity over the last few years, I don’t think it will change anytime soon. The fact that Wednesday is the best day for WFH appears to be the consensus.

As the workplace continues to change, maybe Monday and Friday might be valued more often than not. Both days do fall closer to the weekends, but maybe they may be the best days for WFH.

Many employees think that’s the case, but not from an employer’s perspective. If enough people demand that to be the case, it could possibly change over time.

For now, I think the middle of the week is a better fit for those who work remotely. There may not be a universal agreement on it. But like I said earlier, if employers ask for feedback from their employees, maybe some compromises will be made when it comes to this topic.

Final Words

Over the last few years, the best day for WFH has been Wednesday. It’s been the case the last several years, and it may not change anytime soon.

But with WFH becoming more common these days, some thoughts might change. If the middle of the week is not a feasible time for businesses, why not do it on Mondays or Fridays? 

It’s something to throw out there, even if they fall closer to the weekends. Everyone should value their time when it comes to these schedules. It will be interesting to see if these thoughts will change over the next several years.

Your Turn: Which day of the week is best for WFH?

I would like to get your thoughts on this topic. What do you think is the best day to work from home? 

Do you agree with Wednesday being the case? What do you think is the best day to maximize productivity and time management? Do you think they should be closer to the weekends?

Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. I look forward to reading your responses, and I’ll gladly respond promptly.

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2 thoughts on “What Is The Best Day To Work From Home? My Thoughts”

  1. Hi- I find Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday work best for me. Early in the week I find that I’m setting things up.

    I easily become distracted, so that when Wednesday hits, guilt kicks in when I realise I haven’t actually achieved much. I tend to become very productive on that day.

    Thursday is usually quite good too, as I’m setting targets to have things finalised before the weekend arrives. Friday, I’m easing back & Saturday is a family day for the main part.

    Sunday is quite busy, as my wife works this day, leaving me free to get on with things. Anyway, that’s kind of how my weeks usually pan out. 

    Thanks,

    Alan

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    • Hi Alan,

      It’s good to keep in mind that it doesn’t always have to be Wednesday. As you mentioned, those days that work best for you seem to be working out well.

      Also, knowing which days wheee you become distracted helps a lot. I think we all have those type of days to deal with, so you have to keep it in mind.

      Thank you for sharing your weekly outlook. It’s different for everyone, so it will vary.

      Thank you again for your thoughts- they’re greatly appreciated.

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