The workforce is without a doubt changing. Both women and millennials are taking strides and making headlines. As these new groups take steps up the corporate ladder they are mixing up the workplace norms.
The subgroup I would like to talk about is millennial ladies and specifically how they are affecting this change. Being a millennial lady myself, I am excited for the future. We are a group that knows what we want, and, as always, it’s a little different than what our parents or grandparents were after. For as long as I can remember I heard of corporate or office jobs and the like as 9:00am-5:00pm gigs. And as a child I thought that was true, although thinking back, my father rarely got home before 6:00pm and he had certainly gone by the time I left for school at 8:00am. Millennials are taking this issue into their own hands, we want to work when and where we want, we do not want to be confined to a certain time or place. We plan on making our own terms. I was lucky, when I was 5 my mom was able to stay home with me and my two brothers all day. She would walk us to school, volunteer in our classes, pick us up after school, and we would go home and make dinner. This stay at home mom or career woman position is changing too, millennial ladies want both. As a generation, we want to be there for our kids, have time to raise a family all while working and advancing our careers. So how are we supposed to accomplish this? By changing the workplace!
With all the technologies we have available at our finger tips we can do almost anything from almost anywhere, including the comfort of our home, as long as we have a device to work on and the internet. As millennials enter the workplace we have seen a rise in telecommuting or working from home and flexible hours. Studies have shown that millennials are more interested in a work-life balance than previous generations, and we are going to work towards personal goals before career goals.
We are still fighting the gender pay gap, but I believe we are the generation to beat it. Millennial ladies are educated and ambitious. There is one problem though; there aren’t any footsteps to follow. We are striving to forge our own paths. We can be resourceful, but there aren’t many women in leadership who didn’t sacrifice their family to get there. Direct role models are in short supply. Of course the numbers are growing, but mentorship and support are a must.
I believe in millennials and women, with a little help and understanding we will take the workplace by storm and mold it for the future.
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