Ah, paid vacation time. That job benefit that many recent college graduates dream about, along with health insurance, a break room well stocked with snacks, to have their birthday off, and the ever-coveted “work from home” days.
However, according to a shocking new study conducted by Alamo Rent A Car, Millennials aren’t so keen on actually using this vacation time. In fact, nearly half of the survey respondents said they felt guilt or shame about taking a vacation at least sometimes, with more than one in five saying they experienced this “all the time.”
The numbers varied across generations, though, with Millennials reporting the highest percentage (60%) of feeling “vacation shamed” versus about 40 percent of respondents over the age of 35. It seems young adults are also more likely to perceive “shaming” comments from colleagues or bosses as being serious rather than said in jest.
“Millennials are going to have to work a lot harder than they thought,” said Jason Dorsey, President and Co-Founder of The Center for Generational Kinetics, to CNBC. “They’ve grown up and they’ve lost control.”
Dorsey added that with many young adults now out of entry-level jobs and taking on personal responsibilities like buying homes and having kids, the stakes are higher.
“This generation … is realizing in many cases, the world of work is not going to change for them,” he said. “You realize you have more to lose if you don’t play by those rules.”
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