Millennials are increasingly becoming the most visible faces in offices, and being the youngest in the room still has its drawbacks: you’re shamed from taking your vacation credits.
According to a study conducted by travel insurance firm Allianz Global Assistance, millennials in the United States are the most common recipients of “vacation shaming”, a term coined by the study to describe work environments wherein colleagues or bosses indirectly discourage employees from taking (a well deserved) time off, writes Christopher Tkaczyk in his article on Travel + Leisure.
We’ve probably all been at the receiving end of a “Aren’t you too young to be burnt out from work?” or “The boss doesn’t take too well to new employees taking a leave,” and it can make any newcomer to the office hesitant to avail of their benefits mandated by law.
“We were surprised to see that when compared to older generations, millennials more commonly succumb to these negative feelings by choosing not to take all their entitled vacation days. Meanwhile, Gen X’ers place the same amount of importance on vacations, but seem to have the system better figured out because they are the most likely to take all their allotted vacation time,” said Daniel Durazo, director of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA.
The study found that as much as 25 percent of millennials (aged from 18 to 34 years old) reported feeling nervous come time to request for a few days off, compared to 14 percent of Gen X’ers and six percent of workers aged 55 and above.
In the report, The Vacation Confidence Index also revealed that 48 percent of millennials are not using all of their paid time off each year, while women in the said age group in particular are more than likely to prioritize face time in the office than availing of their paid vacation leave.
Taking time off from a routine or a stressful environment has proven health benefits, and helps workers become more productive.
While not all companies may be that way, it’s evident that employees who were made to feel more confident in requesting for their vacation days reported their employers having an “emotionally and psychologically healthy workplace.”