Selfie Picture Above: GreatAmericans Dusty Kelchen, Molly Grask and Anna Buehler at work.
Do you have millennial employees willing to take on more projects, work more overtime, or take less vacation time? Some businesses believe the stigma that millennials are “slackers.” However, according to a survey conducted by Project: Time Off, 43% of millennials consider themselves “work martyrs,” compared to 29% of all workers.
A work martyr believes:
“I want to show complete dedication to my company and job.”
“I don’t want others to think I am replaceable.”
“No one else at my company can do the work while I’m away.”
“I feel guilty for using my paid time off.”
Many professional millennials are strapped with student loan debt, worry about millennial stereotypes, and are frightened of being replaced. Online tools like LinkedIn and Indeed have made job searching easier, but they’ve also done a number on a candidates’ mental fortitude. We now see we’re one of 258 other candidates who also applied for the same open job position, so we understand how easily we could be replaced.
Many millennials entered the workforce around the 2008 recession when there were little to no job opportunities. When the market began to open back up, we latched on to what was available. So we’ll work more hours and offer to do more—all to overcome the stereotypes and prove our loyalty to our company. All of this leads to us taking less paid time off.
A work martyr mentality may seem great for your business, but be mindful that they may leave your employees feeling overworked. Fingers can begin to point with resentment to those who do take vacation and contempt can grow within your organization. To avoid employee burnout, lower stress levels and avoid spreading negative morale, encourage your work martyrs to use their paid time off by:
Next time you’re interviewing candidates for an open position, don’t assume because someone is a millennial that they are a slacker. Instead, know that millennials are willing to perform and work just as hard as everyone else!
Anna Buehler, Marketing Specialist in the Office Equipment Group at GreatAmerica, is responsible for providing creative marketing support and brand education within the Office Equipment sector. Anna graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Business Marketing.