There’s good news and bad news when it comes to millennials. The good news is that, contrary to popular belief, they’re actually super hardworking (take that, millennial-shamers!). The bad news? They actually work too much — to the point of being “work martyrs.” Even worse, they make everyone else feel bad about their vacations because of that work martyr mentality (which we all feel but can’t put a finger on).
A new report out from Project: Time Off titled “The Work Martyr’s Cautionary Tale: How the Millennial Work Experience Will Define America’s Vacation Culture,” found, unsurprisingly, that Americans are abandoning their vacation days because of increased pressure to work 24/7 . In 2015, an estimated 55% of working Americans didn’t use up all their vacation hours. Because we are all neurotic workaholics, you see.
So where does the millennial-specific focus come in? The report pinpoints the start of the decline in vacation-taking to around 2000 — which is right when the oldest of millennials started entering the workplace. Coincidence? Project: Time Off doesn’t think so. They argue that millennials ushered in an era of work martyrdom, prioritizing work above all else.