Millennials feeling more guilty than ever.
New research from the 2017 Alamo Rent A Car Family Vacation Survey shows U.S. workers are feeling more guilt than ever before about planning and taking their vacations. Overall, around half (49 percent) of all American workers report feeling vacation shamed — being made to feel shame or guilt by co-workers for taking a vacation — compared with only 47 percent in the 2016 survey.
Vacation shaming is particularly on the rise among millennials. Significantly more employed millennials in 2017 reported feeling guilty for planning and taking a vacation (68 percent vs. 59 percent in the 2016 study) — a 19 percent year-over-year increase.
Millennials are more likely than non-millennials to say that vacation shaming would likely keep them from planning or going on a vacation (40 percent vs. 17 percent). On the other hand, millennials report that they’re significantly more likely than older generations to shame their own co-workers (33 percent vs. 14 percent). Also for the first time, Alamo’s annual research indicates that fewer than half of all workers — only 47 percent — are using all of their paid vacation days, compared with 60 percent in the 2015 study and 57 percent in the 2016 study.
Just one in five (18 percent) workers use all of their vacation days to actually go on a vacation, as opposed to staying home and running errands. Among workers who left paid vacation days unused, more than half (57 percent) report feeling guilty when they do go on vacation because their co-workers have to take over their job duties, and nearly half (48 percent) feel the need to justify to their employer why they’re using their time off.