Millennials get a lot of flack for their work ethic — specifically for failing to meet the standards set by earlier generations — but a new report casts some serious doubt on the lazy Millennial stereotype.
The workforce solutions company ManpowerGroup surveyed 19,000 Millennials from 25 countries and released a report that gives an overview of how hard Millennials are working today. They found that American Millennials in particular "are working as hard, if not harder, than other generations."
About 83 percent of American survey respondents reported working more than 40 hours per week and 23 percent said they put in over 50 hours per week. On average, Millennials in the U.S. work 45 hours per week, according to the survey results. According to U.S. Census data, the average American worked just under 40 hours per week from 1970 to 1990.
It isn't just American Millennials. This generation is working harder globally.
Millennials in India work the longest hours: 52 per week on average. In Mexico, China, and Singapore, Millennials clock 48 hour workweeks. But even on the lower end of the spectrum — in Canada, the Netherlands, the U.K., and Australia — Millennials are still working more than 40 hours per week on average.
Yet older generations still tend to assume that Millennials aren't working hard enough.
A study conducted by researchers at Bentley University, which surveyed Millennials and their bosses, revealed a disconnect between how Millennials valued their work ethic and how their superiors perceived them.
Almost 90 percent of Millennials say they have a strong work ethic, yet only 74 percent of non-Millennials feel they have a comparable work ethic to that of older generations, Forbes reports. Fifty-five percent of Millennials say they're willing to "pay their dues," but 70 percent of non-Millennials say that the generation ought to be more willing.