Who Are The Work Martyrs? Many Are Millennials

The work martyrs—those who rarely take vacation—can be found in many American workplaces. What’s surprising is that many of them are Millennials, according to some new survey results.

Millennials have often received a bad rap for their work ethic. Many perceive this generation as entitled and lazy, but according to some new survey results from Project Time Off, more than 40% of work martyrs are Millennials, compared to just 29% of overall respondents. And more than 48% of Millennials think it’s positive to be a work martyr, compared with Gen Xers (39%) and Boomers (32%).

What values do work martyrs share? Here are some common themes:

  1. “No one else at my company can do the work while I’m away.”
  2. “I want to show complete dedication to my company and job.”
  3. “I don’t want others to think I am replaceable.”
  4. “I feel guilty for using my paid time off.”

Millennials are also the most likely to forfeit their vacation days (24%) compared with 19% of Generation X and 17% of Boomers. About 37% of Millennials get 10 days off a year or fewer, compared with 20% of Generation X and 18% of Boomers. And 23% of Millennials don’t use their vacation because they’re afraid of what their bosses might think, compared with 10% of Boomers.

While Millennial managers believe in the benefits of time off, they need to actually take it, the project says. They need support from upper management to take action, however.

“It will take good managers who are willing to work as change agents in order to reap the business benefits of time off: more engaged employees, an improved team environment, and greater productivity.”


Source: Project Time Off

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