Those zany Millennials
And Project Time Off. A boss should discuss and encourage time off with his/her staff, according to sponsored content from The Atlantic.
How Millennial Trophies Created a Generation of Workaholics
Research into Millennial vacation behavior shows they are afraid, not entitled. Compared to Boomers, Millennials are at least twice as likely to say they are fearful of losing their job. This cohort worries about what the boss might think, wants to show complete dedication, and does not want their bosses to see them as replaceable.
These findings are counterintuitive to the coddled Millennial stereotype that ignores the circumstances of the generation’s experience. Coming of age during an economic downturn has consequences. When Millennials landed jobs, they bring with them a strong desire to prove themselves, intensified by the often long and painful search that preceded their first day. This all occurs amidst changing American work culture and attitudes toward taking time off.
Millennials are the first generation to enter the workforce in the era of vacation decline. After decades of using an average of 20.3 days, Americans’ vacation usage began to decline in 2000 and it has not slowed its downward trajectory since, most recently hitting 16.2 days used.
Millennials are also the first generation to experience internet and email as a fixture of their work life from day one. These digital natives view and use technology differently than older generations. They are more likely to stay plugged in, and less likely to benefit from time off: 34 percent of Millennials said they worked every day of their vacations and felt less productive upon return.
The solution to the vacation problem is simple for every generation: plan ahead. Project: Time Off research shows that workers who plan their days out at the beginning of the year are happier with their job and professional success, relationships, and general wellbeing. Still, Millennials, who are more likely to feel that their company culture is silent or negative about vacation time, may not feel comfortable making a request for fear of the optics.
To dispel that fear, managers must lead. Thirty percent of Millennials say their boss is the most powerful influencer over their time, beating out their own families by 10 percentage points. Yet, even though 91 percent of managers say they encourage time off, just 43 percent actually talk to employees about vacation.
For Millennials in the workplace, there is good news. Millennial managers—now about a quarter of the generation—are more likely to agree that employees who take time off are less prone to stress and burnout and return to work recharged and more productive. Still, nearly half of Millennial managers feel that company pressure prevents them from approving time off requests, compared to about a third of Gen X and Boomer managers.