Balance is the New Cool
According to this article written on 11/22 by Linell Smith from The Baltimore Sun, Gen Xers (born from 1965 to 1980) and Millennials (born from 1981 to 2000) are seekers of balance rather than high salaries. These younger workers have watched their parents climb the corporate ladder as workaholics, and they'll have none of it.
Smith writes that 'Apparently, Gen Xers and Millennials aren't interested in earning as much - not if it intrudes too heavily on their personal and family lives.' An industrial psychologist is quoted at the end of the article as saying, to our delight, that 'Today a person is more admired for their work/life balance, for how well they handle everything in their lives'. Yes!
One glitch in this rosy picture, however, may be the trend for Gen Xers to change jobs often. Smith depicts them as being loyal to their career rather than to their workplace. This may make for fast-track 'success', but it doesn't help any one employer want to take a chance on them if they ask for reduced hours or other flextime options to be home with their families. Be careful, Gen Xers...don't jump ship just to get ahead and regret it later!