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Millennials Are Workaholics

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Recently, I read an article by the Harvard Business Review reporting a survey by Project:Time Off and GfK. The survey shows that Millennials are actually more likely to see themselves as workaholics, or “work martyrs,” than older workers and less likely to use all their vacation time. Here’s what else I learned:

Millennials want to be seen as hard workers.


In the study, 43% of work martyrs were Millennials. They were also more likely to want to be seen as hard workers than older works - almost 50% of Millennials wanted their bosses to view them this way.

Younger folks experience “Vacation Shame.”


A survey by Annual Alamo Rent A Car found that Millennials were much more likely (59%) to feel ashamed for taking or planning a vacation than workers 35 or older (41%). They don’t want to be replaced or cost themselves a raise or promotion. In that same study, it was reported that 20% even feared it would cost them their jobs. Having come into a rough economy, student debt, and job searching during the Great Recession, Millennials may feel more insecure about their job stability. Millennials are also more likely to forfeit unused vacation days than other groups - 24% of Millennials, 19% of Gen Xers, and 17% of Boomers.

They’re "obsessed" with their jobs (and sleep).


In another study reported by the Harvard Business Review, it was found that people in their twenties and early thirties are full of angst and have a relatively negative state of mind. Researchers found that Millennials are obsessed with their jobs and socialize less often than many older adults assume. Millennials expressed gratitude about different things than other ages, such as “low-stress commute,” “getting a new job,” “being satisfied with an existing job.” “sleeping,” and “relaxing in bed.” 4 out of the 6 are career- or job-related.

So, my question to Millennials is...

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