Tailoring Work-Life Policies for Working Parents

By Dennis McCafferty
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    58% of Millennial parents are satisfied with the career prospects, compared with 49% of Gen X and 45% of Boomer parents.

When it comes to balancing their professional and personal duties, Millennial parents are more satisfied than those in other generations, according to a new survey from the Working Mother Research Institute. The research, which includes responses from both male and female professionals, examines a range of topics covering work and non-work issues, including job stability, stay-at-home parenting, earning power and employee engagement. It covers Baby Boomers (born 1946–1964), Generation X (1965–1980) and Millennials (1981–2000). Overall, Millennials express greater contentment on many of these factors. However, these young parents are having a more difficult time juggling today's flexible work culture—with non-traditional office hours and constant connectivity—in terms of meeting job expectations while also setting aside enough time for their children. There are "fascinating differences among the generations, with parents in each group having their own ideas about the best ways to manage career and family obligations," says Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. "These are important differences that employers should note as they tailor work-life policies to benefit the widest range of working parents." More than 2,160 employed parents took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-04-17
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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