Vacations don’t need to be lengthy or expensive, but time-off from long work hours is necessary. Studies are showing that “Millennials” aren’t taking their paid time off. This trend may cause health problems down the line.
What’s with This Generation?
First of all, it’s a bit vague when trying to pinpoint which groups are in which age categories. According to the US Census Bureau, “Baby Boomers” were born somewhere between 1946 and 1964.
According to the census bureau, “Generation X” births began in 1965 but kept going even when the so-called “Gen Y” trend started around 1975. At the tail end of both “generations” began the more commonly recognized “Millennials” born in 1982 lasting until 2004.
It’s this group, the Millennials, that are slacking when it comes to resting. The approximate age of the sector is anywhere between 18 and 35 years old. They’ve also been referred to as “Echo Boomers” and “Digital Natives” (since they don’t know life without the Internet.)
No Rest for the Weary
Evidently, there’s an absurd practice at work called “vacation shaming.” This is an unspoken, judgmental edict placed on employees and managers. Many, especially these Millennials, feel pressured to forfeit their vacation days.
A recently published report based on findings from the Pew Research Center showed that 18-year-olds and up are becoming “work martyrs.” This group feels guilty taking time off. They believe it will leave the company and other workers (at their company) at a disadvantage while they’re away.
The workers are also concerned that they can be replaced easily. So not to place their own jobs in jeopardy, they work longer hours to show their dedication to the position. Because workers are forced to wear so many different hats these days (and take on so much responsibility), it’s no surprise there’s this “worried” mentality. Your Health is All You Have
This report is frightening in many ways. It’s basically pointing out that the common workplace puts work before the employee’s health. It is a sad state of affairs when the company culture silently bullies workers into forfeiting days needed off to recharge.
Work, Work, Work
Taking time-off from work has proven to increase productivity, worker morale, and reduce personal and environmental stress. Stress at work can lead to back-, neck-, and headaches. There’s also eye strain, stomach pain, and cranky moods. And when mistakes are being made, it can be a sign that it’s time to take a break. This can be a severe health hazard for an employee who drives, operates machinery, works with chemicals, etc.
There are laws and human resource personnel to keep the workplace safe—that includes protecting your right to time-off when contracted or deemed necessary. It’s honorable to do a job well done. It’s also honoring your body and mind when you rest.
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