In a 2018 Millenial Survey (produced every 4 years), PWC recognised that in the 10,000 millenials surveyed, 95% of them said that work / life balance is important to them.
‘Important’ is the key word here.
It is important to them, but do they actually get an opportunity to exercise that balance?
In the same survey 72% said that they had to make some sort of compromise with their job. And my bet is, work / life balance is up there as one of the compromises.
This year many of us have recognised the importance of finding balance, of not rushing, of not trying to do everything, of not being in the office until midnight and getting frustrated on our late night train journey home. We have begun to recognise how our values have been impacted and how we ourselves contradict what ‘is ‘important’ to us.
But whilst the millennial generation recognises that having balance is important, the workplace, which is still traditional in many ways, fails to allow for that, which is then further interrupted by technology meaning we are ‘always available’.
However, whilst standing up for your values is hard, finding balance is hard, it’s not impossible. This is what I advocate for my clients, to support them to understand what is ‘important’ to them and to support them to stand up for themselves and not to ‘compromise’ with their values.
Because ultimately it is these compromises of what is important to us, that is making us frustrated, unfulfilled and unsatisfied with our career.
What are your values? Have you compromised?