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Would your family say you work too much?
As more people start their own companies and consumer demand for certain products grows, competition increases among business owners. Employees may need to work harder and longer hours to be able to reach their goals and meet deadlines. However, not all of them are willing to do this. As more millennials and members of Generation Z enter the workforce, their images of successful employees change.
"43% of business professionals stick to the standard eight-hour work day."
Many don't want to stay at the office long after business hours end if they don't have to, which brings new business trends to the forefront. Work-life balance is becoming more important as younger generations find jobs in their fields, and employers must alter their management styles. In a recent ProOpinion survey, 43 percent of business professionals stick to the standard eight-hour day, as opposed to the 18 percent who work 10 or more hours daily.
Why do the younger generations want standard hours?
This shift in the workplace may be due to a changing society. In order to have moments with their family members, employees can no longer spend all of their time at the office. According to a study from Ernst & Young's Global Generations Research, almost 80 percent of millennials and 73 percent of Gen Xers are in relationships in which both people have full-time jobs. This is nearly double the number of baby boomers, of which only 48 percent have both partners working at least eight-hour days. Members of the older generation have spouses who either stay at home or have flexible work schedules. This isn't the case with their younger counterparts, who must have full-time jobs to afford their lifestyles.
Not only does working long hours cut into family time, but it also leads to burnouts. If they're always focused on work employees don't have a moment to recuperate, which can hinder creativity and communication and lead to stress. In the long run, this will impact the success of the business and employee satisfaction.
However, that doesn't mean work-life balance is a foreign idea to millennials. It just means that Gen Y needs to work harder to maintain it, which they have made efforts to do. Gen Y wants the flexibility to be successful in the workplace, but still be able to participate in the activities they enjoy outside of business hours. Nearly 80 percent of millennials are willing to change jobs and careers if it would allow them to better manage their working and family lives. Others would reduce their hours at their jobs or quit entirely to take care of their children. Gen Yers aren't willing to sacrifice their families for the sake of their careers.
How do millennials maintain this balance?
The phrase "work-life balance" holds a different meaning depending on the person. It may mean throwing yourself into your job responsibilities to ensure you can support yourself and your family, or you might make getting home for dinner a priority. No matter what the definition is, people need to be willing to adjust their schedules based on their current needs, Daily Worth explained.
"I learned balance is not making all things equal, but instead making them fit into your space in a way where you accept the shifts differently and learn to shift with them," Aleasa Word, who is both a parent and a corporate employee, told the source.
The 43 percent of business professionals who work eight-hour days know what they want and have implemented methods into their schedules to ensure the keep that balance. There are many ways that people can maintain that separation. They just need to find the ones that work for them.
- Avoid shop talk at home
While it can be nice to talk about your job struggles and successes with your family, it can also put a damper on bonding. Don't let your work life define your home time. Entrepreneur suggested turning off electronics and setting boundaries. Your co-workers should know that you won't answer work calls, texts or emails after hours, and that if they have questions, they must ask them before you leave the office for the day.
- Set goals
If an important job isn't finished by the end of the day, there's a good chance you're going to take it home to work on it. However, this shouldn't be a constant occurrence. To avoid this, you should prioritize your tasks as soon as you get into the office, Entrepreneur explained. What absolutely needs to get done? When are your most productive times? Take the time to create a schedule when you arrive in the morning and you'll be able to complete whatever needs to be done that day before you head home.
Work-life balance doesn't have to be a struggle. With the right planning and mindset, almost anyone will be able to work the hours they want.
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