Welcome to January 16 aka Blue Monday. Did you know the feeling of dread about going back to work after the Christmas break affects more than half (52%) of the Australian workforce according to new research from Telstra?

The bad news is, the younger you are, (yes Gen Y – 74% of you) the worse it gets, with nearly three-quarters of 18-24 year olds not looking forward to going back to work this month.

The good news is there are some easy changes you can make this year to make the transition back to work easier on yourself and beat the January Blues.

Firstly, take a deep breath, it’s only day one. Then remind yourself of the aspects of your job you enjoy. If you are feeling the dread, ask yourself why and how you can you set making your job work for you.

Brainstorm, make a list and then examine it to see how your work fits your careers values. If there’s a gap in what you’re currently experiencing to what you desire in your career, rather than jumping jobs immediately, look to see how you can make it feel better in 2017. If, for example, you are like 82% of the respondents in Telstra’s research who indicated increased flexibility would make their job more attractive, consider if working from home as a possibility for you.

And if the answer is yes, how do you go about it? It may simply be a case of asking. Most people (56% of Aussie workers) don’t feel comfortable approaching their boss to discuss working from home, but as my mum always said, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Watch my video and find out the best way to approach your boss.

Find out more about Telstra’s Work Life Index

The January Blues: January is the best of times and the worst of times, with Aussies enjoying lazy summer days only to be interrupted by the need to return to work, bringing up the holiday blues.

Blue Monday: More than half (52%) of Aussie workers said they were dreading the return to work in January, with almost one in three (30%) citing not wanting to return to the same job as the primary reason.

No Year’s resolutions: Only 11% of people surveyed say they set and stick to New Year’s resolutions – and 49% don’t set any at all. Only 25% of Australians set work-related goals, suggesting that people are not taking action to achieve a happier working life.

Young and blue-tiful: Young Gen-Ys (18 to 24) are the generation most likely to suffer the New Year blues with 74% saying they are in some way dreading the return to work.

The sadness spectrum: The January Blues dissipate with age, from the 59% of young Gen-Ys (18 to 24) who report feeling them, to the mere 19% of Baby Boomers (65+).

Working for a change: Older Gen-Ys (25 to 34) are the age group most unhappy about going back to the same job in 2017 (36%), closely followed by Gen X workers (35 to 44) at 35%.

Workplace ambition: 43% of young Gen-Ys have set work-related New Year’s resolutions, compared to just 9% of 55 to 64 aged workers.

Cities on a downer: New Year blues are more prevalent in metro locations (39%) than regional locations (32%), with more than half (57%) of metro residents saying they are dreading going back to work in January, versus 44% in regional areas.

Country wide: Flexible working is the thing 13% of regional residents would most like to change about their job in 2017, topped only by achieving a better work/life balance.