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Survey: More Younger Workers Than Boomers Feel Guilty When on Vacation

S.J. Steinhardt
Published Date:
Aug 15, 2023

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More than one-third of Gen Zers feel guilty not working when on vacation, while only 22 percent of baby boomers feel the same way, a recent LinkedIn survey found.

Surveying 9,461 U.S. professionals in June and July for its latest Workforce Confidence Index, LinkedIn also found that the the two generations older than Gen Z share similar feelings about work and vacation; about 30 percent of millennials and 32 of Gen Xers feel guilty about not working while on vacation.

Fifty-eight percent of Gen Zers reported that they were planning to take some vacation and completely unplug in the next few months. Meanwhile, 64 percent of both millennials (also known as Gen Y) and baby boomers, and 62 percent of Gen X, planned to do the same. By means of comparison, the overall U.S. average is 62 percent.

LinkedIn noted that some workers in their twenties may feel more cautious about taking time off than older workers, since they are just starting out in their careers and worried about making a good impression.

In addition, 46 percent of American workers take less paid time off than they are offered, the Pew Research Center reported earlier this year.

Luxury retail client adviser Razonie Napier, 25, is an example of the younger generations’ mindset. He struggles with turning off his work phone when he's on vacation, he told Business Insider. "In my industry, I do feel obligated to be available to my clients," he said. "They expect me to be there for them if they need an item, and I have to because it's my job."

Close to one in four U.S. workers do not receive paid vacation or paid holidays, the Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR) reported in May 2019.