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BizReport : Trends & Ideas : August 19, 2016

Millennials - the 'work martyrs' of the U.S. workplace

New research suggests that the 'entitled Millennial', the largest generation in the workforce, harbors attitudes to taking a vacation that will come to negatively affect the U.S.'s work culture.

by Helen Leggatt

Project: Time Off's new report, 'The Work Martyr's Cautionary Tale: How the Millennial Experience will Define America's Vacation Culture', has some interesting, and controversial, insights into who the 'work martyrs' are in today's workplace.

Work martyrs are defined as those employees who believe that skipping vacation shows their dedication to their job. They are worried that, by taking time off, they will be viewed as replaceable, and they feel guilty for taking time out.

48workmartyr.pngProject Time Off's research found that work martyrs are overwhelmingly Millennials (43%) compared to just 29% of all workers. Furthermore, almost half (48%) of Millennials think it is a good thing to be seen as a work martyr by their boss, far outpacing the average (39%) and well ahead of Boomers (32%).

"The circumstances of the Millennial experience - the Great Recession and its aftershocks, growing student debt, and an always-connected lifestyle - have created a perfect storm for their work martyr behavior," says Project: Time Off Senior Director and report author Katie Denis.

As Millennials move into management, the concern is that Millennials will come to expect their own behaviors and attitudes to be reflected in those who report to them.

Tags: employment, Millennials, trends, U.S., vacation

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