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Work Martyrs: Why Does The Millennial Skip Vacations and Overdose on Stress?

It’s no hidden fact that there needs to be a very solid balance between one’s work and personal life. But when one starts seeping into the other, there needs to be a way-out from both: and that’s where vacations step in. Vacations are the perfect getaway from the monotony and stress of daily life. However, in light of recent reports, the trend to take vacations to rejuvenate is something that seems to be disappearing in the younger generation.

This trend is even more alarming considering that millennials are the generation who earn the least amount of vacation days than the predecessing generation.

Project: Time Off’s new report has provided an in-depth look into why these Millennials who work harder want to spend less time on vacation and what the consequences of this habit might be for the other people in the workforce and then on the wider economy itself.

Even though 29% of the total work-force around the world is comprised of millennials, more than 43% of these workers refuse to take time off from work. The reasons behind this are understandable and even relatable to anyone who has worked full time. Some of these reasons are:

  1. Dedication.
  2. Guilt over taking time off from the job.
  3. Feeling like they can be easily replaced or laid off due to their absence, etc.

What’s interesting is the fact that around 5 years ago, this trend was still present but not as alarming as it is now because now, most millennials are moving into management positions and thus having a negative effect on the overall workforce. Something that can easily be summed up into a simple sentence: The boss doesn’t take time off so how will you?

Millennials believe that becoming a work martyr will make them more desirable in the eyes of the boss and thus more eligible for a promotion or a raise. It is interesting to note that despite their extended hours and dedication, however, millennials are still being passed over when it comes to discussing positions of actual power. The reason? Overwork directly affects productivity as well as creativity.

Not getting rest even on the weekends for years on end makes a person both less productive as well as tired and irritable. This is why we still don’t see many youngsters in the top in any industry and if we do, they’re often regarded as chill and laid-back because they have the work-life balance down pat. Do you? Sound off in the comments below!

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