Millennials and Work-Life Balance
The term “work-life balance” is very frequently used these days, partially because of the growing presence of millennials in the workforce. Employers are doing their best to appeal to this group of workers, and many leaders think it’s time to look into what work-life balance means to them.
Work-life balance is an important aspect of a healthy work environment. It can reduce stress and burnout for employees. Employees will also feel healthier and happier when they work, which in turn, increases productivity. However, the definition of work-life balance has evolved. The definition of work-life balance in the past is now different from how millennials view this term.
In the past, people focused on work-life balance in their own lives. They were more likely to spend their free time with their family, loved ones, and doing things they enjoy. They would think of work-life balance as a requirement from the company. However, these days, it is viewed differently.
Millennials are more interested in finding a career that will support their lifestyle. Lifestyle here means their life outside of work. It’s no longer just about their free time apart from work, but work that has the flexibility to support their lifestyle. For example, for someone who has an interest in sports and has commitments to go for trainings, competitions etc., they will find a job that allows them to do that. A stringent 9am-6pm job will definitely not be something that they can commit to.
However, with all that being said, employers are struggling to ensure there is work-life balance for everyone, while ensuring that there is no decline in productivity. Although there may be a higher percentage of millennials in the workforce, we cannot neglect that there are also other generations around too. Employers should focus on creating a healthy working environment that promotes growth, opportunities and work-life balance for employees.