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Business Insider Highlights Companies Counteracting the Work Martyr Epidemic

Work martyrdom is more common than ever, especially among millennials in which 48% said they were proud to be considered a work martyr by their boss. What this generation of workers may not understand is that bad vacation habits aren't helping them get ahead, but may actually be harming their careers. This notion has become so widespread in our workplace culture, that many companies are now paying employees to take their paid time off. Chris Weller explains: 

A 2014 Gallup poll showed that 50% of full-time US workers reported working more than 40 hours each week, and more than 20% said they worked 50 to 59 hours or about 10 to 12 hours per day. They're taking hardly any vacation to make up for it, either. In 2015, Project: Time Off found that 55% of Americans combined to leave 658 million vacation days unused.

Not that people necessarily regret all that time they spend at work. Nearly half of all working millennials, the largest generation in the US, say they treat the title as a badge of honor, even if work martyrdom can lead to extreme stress and poor mental health.

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