Apparently Millennials and Joan of Arc Have a Lot in Common
You should never call a millennial lazy, but you can call them martyrs.
A new study by Project Time Off has found that millennials make up the biggest group of "work martyrs," which means they are unwilling to take their vacation days each year because they would rather it look like they are working all the time. But, as we all know, just cause you stay at the office the latest, it doesn’t mean you are the most productive.
"Nearly half (48 percent) of millennials think it is a good thing to be seen as a work martyr by the boss, far outpacing the average (39 percent), Gen Xers (39 percent), and Boomers (32 percent)," The Work Martyr’s Cautionary Tale report states. "Millennial workers also want to be seen that way by their colleagues in greater numbers. Thirty-five percent of millennials agree it is good to be seen as a work martyr by their colleagues, compared to 26 percent of Generation X, and 20 percent of Boomers."
But, at the same time, there is a legit fear spread amongst the millennials that it is a very tough economy so if they are lucky enough to have a job they want to appear to be very committed. This apparently translates to taking no vacation days. The study found that millennials are the most likely generation to forfeit time off, even though they earn the least amount of vacation days. Twenty-four percent of millennials either forfeited days or do not even know if they forfeited days last year, compared to just 19 percent of Generation X and 17 percent of Boomers.
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