Millennial employees ‘vacation’ while at work

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Picture this: you’re lounging on the beach, waves crashing in the background, drink in hand, and…laptop open.

This is what more and more millennials are doing as they embrace what is being called “quiet vacationing,” a new take on “quiet quitting” that sees young professionals subtly take time away from work without telling their employer.

A recent survey conducted by The Harris Poll revealed that 37 percent of millennial workers admitted to taking time off work without informing their manager or employer, whether on a trip to the beach or to run errands.

The poll surveyed 1,170 employed adults aged 18 and over and found that millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) are leading this trend. Nearly 4 in 10 admitted to being out of the office without being officially “out of office,” significantly higher than other generations.

While 24 percent of both Gen Z (born between 1997 and 2012) and Gen X (born between 1965 and 1980) have also taken unannounced time off, only 18 percent of baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) said they had engaged in similar behavior.

“This trend could very likely be driven by increased feelings of burnout and the desire for better work-life balance,” MyPerfectResume career expert Jasmine Escalera told Newsweek. “Many working professionals struggle to fully disconnect while on vacation, so quiet vacationing provides a change of scenery and the chance to relax—while still meeting their work obligations. People might also use quiet vacationing as a way to cope with constraints on PTO or fear of rejection or scrutiny when requesting time off.”


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