Millennials aren’t lazy, they’re workaholics

Jane Alexander works in offices of Winter Wyman in Waltham, MA on December 15, 2016. Millennials, such as Alexander, are bigger workaholics than any other generation in the workforce and are happy to be seen that way, according to a new study. (Keith Bedford/Globe Staff) 

Jane Alexander, 26, says she’s one of the first employees to arrive and last to leave WinterWyman. –Keith Bedford / Boston Globe

As soon as he awakes, Brian Porrell checks his e-mail, sometimes firing off a message before he gets out of bed. He makes calls during his commute to the Waltham staffing firm WinterWyman, spends 10 to 12 hours at the office and out visiting clients, and keeps his phone by his side at night, checking work e-mails while he watches sports on TV.

Like many workers today, Porrell, 30, is on the job wherever he is — and he doesn’t count out-of-office exchanges in his 50-plus hour week.

The millennial generation, the first to grow up with smartphones in their hands, is often stereotyped as lazy and entitled. But workplace experts say workaholics are common among 19-to-35-year-olds, perhaps more so than among older members of Generation X and baby boomers.


In one online study, more than 4 in 10 millennials consider themselves “work martyrs” — dedicated, indispensable, and racked with guilt if they take time off.

What’s more, nearly half of millennials want to be seen that way, according to the survey of 5,600 workers by Project: Time Off, a Washington, D.C., coalition that promotes vacation time.

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