Work martyrs are popping up in every industry.
Having work martyrs in your office—those willing to suffer unnecessarily for their work—is a major detriment to both hiring and retention rates, not to mention productivity and employee health.
What’s the biggest problem of all? A remarkable number of employees think it’s in their best interest to be the office martyr.
In February 2016, Project Time Off surveyed 5,641 American employees over age 18. The report, The Work Martyr’s Cautionary Tale, revealed that half of employees who are unhappy with their job—and 48 percent of all millennials—think it’s a plus to be a work martyr.
Here’s a look at the work martyr’s mindset and how to reduce their stress—and everyone else’s:
1. I can’t take a day off.