Published on Nov 1, 2016

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Lazy. No commitment. Lack of respect. Ungrateful. Spoiled rotten. Entitled.


Have you ever heard these words used to describe the next generation? Well Generation Y is proving us all wrong.

Entering the workplace and leaving their mark in increasing numbers, Millennials (aged between 18-35) are a force to be reckoned with.

The digital natives are breaking free of their presumed stereotypes and are overwhelmingly becoming ‘work martyrs’ according to a report by Project: Time Off.

‘Work Martyrs’ are defined as employees who prefer not to take time off work as they believe no one else can do their work while they are away. They even feel guilty for taking vacation time.

They also believe being a ‘work martyr’ will impress their employer and help them stand out as a star employee. ‘Work martyrs’ are completely dedicated to their organisation and want to be seen as irreplaceable.

The report studied 5,600 employees across the US, who work more than 35 hours per week. 29 percent of all employees were ‘work martyrs’.

More surprising was the finding that 43 percent of ‘work martyrs’ are millennials. Nearly half (48 percent) of millennials believed being seen as a ‘work martyr’ by their boss was a positive.

The reasons Generation Y might be more prepared to forfeit their hard earned holidays than any other generation might be associated with lingering economic fears. These millennials have grown up and entered work during a tumultuous economic period.

Despite earning less than counterpart generations, proving their worth in the workplace is linked to wanting increased career advancement and retaining their job.

Not only are Gen Y committed to putting in the long hours when necessary, in managerial positions they understand the value of their employees taking time off to avoid burn-out and stress.

Having a whole generation of highly engaged employees can reap rewards for business owners. High commitment can secure high job satisfaction, a positive team environment and increased productivity.

Read the full report at Project: Time Off.