With the holidays fast approaching, many Millennials don’t appear ready to kick back, hit the cookies and eggnog or take a long winter nap.
A recent survey from Project: Time Off, titled The work martyr’s cautionary tale: How the Millennial experience will define America’s vacation culture cites Millennials feeling more fear and guilt from taking time off than any other generation.
While of course Project: Time Off, a broad coalition of travel, vacation, destination and hotel companies, has their own interests in mind, it’s worth noting the negative impacts of never really clocking out. In today’s hyper-connected world, problems such as sleep loss are a direct result of never unplugging. Sleep deprivation raises the risk of obesity, heart problems and diabetes, and along with our sedentary lifestyle, gets in the way of healthy habits. Lack of sleep is also proven to impair the accurate judgement of human facial emotions, where a happy colleague may seem more neutral, or a neutral colleague may appear threatening.
Those going full-tilt, as in working more than 48 hours per week, are more likely to drink heavily and develop risky levels of alcohol consumption, according to an analysis of 61 studies from 14 countries.
The effects of overwork are not just bad for the worker, but in the long run, they’re bad for business.
Millennial Vacation Attitudes
“The ‘entitled Millennial’ narrative is dead wrong when it comes to vacation,” said Project: Time Off Senior Director and report author Katie Denis. “As the largest generation in the workforce, one that is now stepping into management, Millennials are developing vacation attitudes that will define and negatively affect work culture.”
Compared to boomers, job insecurity appears to be the major factor in not taking time off:
Reasons Time Off is Left On The Table
Don’t want to lose consideration for raise or promotion.
Don’t want others to think I am replaceable.
Want to show complete dedication to the company and my job.
Feel guilty using my paid time off.
Afraid of what my boss might think.
When all is said and done, a well-rested body and mind leads to a happier, more productive work life. From my house to yours, wishing you the best this holiday season. I look forward to connecting with you in the New Year.
Better understanding how young professionals / Generation Y / millennials within an association approach their designated time off may begin with better understanding their role in the association. The CSAE publication by Sarah L. Sladek, Knowing Y: Engage the Next Generation Now, may help out with this.