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Gen Y Women: Have Your Cake and Eat it Too?

Posted by knbarrett on November 23, 2009

According to  experts, Gen Y believes that work-life balance is a right not a perk. A recent survey found that Gen Y rates work-life balance as the most important characteristic of an entry-level job.  It’s not just about flextime or telecommuting, Gen Y are demanding a range of tools to “integrate” or “blend” the various spheres of life. As Jon Alsop, author of The Trophy Kids Grow Up, writes:

[Gen Y] want the whole shebang: flextime, compressed work weeks, telecommuting, home offices, job sharing, part-time options, maternity and paternity leave, and occasional sabbaticals.

The recession doesn’t seem to be deterring these demands, either. Typically, priorities such as work-life balance drop during economic downturns. Not so with Gen Y. Tracy Lynne Drye, Senior VP at Universum USA, notes:

This generation is both unafraid to ask for things older generations didn’t and that a decent work/life does actually improve effectiveness.

BPW Foundation wants to hear from you, Gen Y women. What are your thoughts on work-life balance? What are you asking for to integrate “work” and “life” ?

What does work-life balance mean to you?


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