Some Millennials Shed Slacker Image, Become ‘Work Martyrs’ Putting In Too-Long Hours

By Diane Stafford
The Kansas City Star

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Ty Tucker is the CEO of “REV”, a company that sells performance management platforms to help employers track the progress of employees. Tucker is on a campaign to call out “work martyrs,” the workers who equate hours with productivity or promotability. It’s folly, he says, to believe that first-in, last-out clock punching is the road to advancement.

The Kansas City Star

Ty Tucker detects a disturbing trend: More millennials are putting in long hours at work with no indication they’re doing more or better work or earning career advancement.

In some ways, they’ve become their parents, who put noses to the grindstone over having a balanced life. And that’s not good.

Tucker, CEO of REV, a company that sells performance management platforms to help employers set employee goals and track progress, says he detects a toxic shift in the millennial generation’s approach to work.

“Many of them came into the workplace during economic crisis,” Tucker said. “They’re under-employed for their skills. They’re playing catch-up in their careers. And they’re looking to put in more and more hours” to get ahead.

“They’re falling into the same cycle as baby boomers,” Tucker said. “It used to be that you could put in long hours and were loyal to the corporation, and then you retired after 30 or 40 years in good shape. That doesn’t happen any more. Loyalty doesn’t exist in corporate America.”

So he’s on a campaign to call out “work martyrs,” the workers who equate hours with productivity or promotability. It’s folly, he says, to believe that first-in, last-out clock punching is the road to advancement.

Except when it is.

Unfortunately, Tucker said, too many organizations, and particularly midlevel managers, don’t have clear metrics to measure employee worth so they resort to noting workers’ face time as a value. You get “work martyrs” when people put in hours to be seen, he said.

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