Millennials have been labeled by many to be “entitled” to blind privilege. But beyond these generalizations, it appears millennial work stress is actually real and science has the data to back it up.
People have been picked apart with their age group based on many sociological and economic studies. Identifying one’s behavior, mentality, goals, and whatnot are analyzed according to generations and the corresponding factors that build and drive them to be who they are now.
As for millennials, we have been classified as the generation that strayed away from the traditional upbringing and mentality of our Baby Boomers and Gen X parents. While we are branded as innovative, digitally adept, and active, there are also characterizations that this generation is lazy, entitled and detached from reality.
This may be true to most, if not all, as this generation face the many changes of the world; an introduction to a new era. And as these millennials grow old enough to work, a new survey shows that this generation is greatly stressed from work.
Millenial Work Stress
A survey conducted by the staffing firm, Accountemps reveals that around 64 percent of younger workers, also known as the millennials, aged 18 to 34 are feeling pressured and overwhelmed at work. This is higher than the 59 percent of those aged 35 and 55 while only 35 percent of those that are 55 years old and up feel the stress.
This generation puts less emphasis on owning a house, less inclination for marriage and kids, and are more focused on their personal achievements and growth; so why the stress? Millennials are also facing the crippling college debt and because this age group is only graduating when the economy collapsed, we are not left with so many prospects.
Therefore, we are more slated to become work martyrs. More and more young workers do not mind to work 24/7 because of the pressure they are feeling to perform well in work. Most of us even hesitate to take a vacation because of being too afraid to disconnect.
Additionally, the factors affecting millennial work stress, as stated by the survey, include heavy workloads and impending deadlines according to 33 percent of the employees. Meanwhile, 22 percent cited the difficulty of attaining a work-life balance is added to the cause with the same percentage also including unrealistic expectations of managers.
How To Prevent Burnout
Overworking actually makes us more unproductive because this eventually leads to burnout – that feeling when we are too tired and grumpy about everything that there is no motivation left to work. It is important to reset our bodies to prevent ourselves from experiencing work stress.
One of the ways to feel less stress when at work is to be a morning person. Starting your day early would wake up your senses, and studies say you are the most awake at the first 2 to 3 hours after waking up.
Another way is to remove anything that makes you lose focus, especially social media. Not only do they take up most of your time, they also lead to feeling discontented and depressed because of the comparisons you will make with your life and the people on your feed.
Ultimately, the best way to prevent burnout and avoid millennial work stress is time management. Organize your tasks and schedule them to have enough productive time for work while still being able to relax and reward ourselves.