Millennials have inundated the workforce. The sheer numbers of this generation provide these young professionals a more powerful voice than that of their predecessors, comparatively diminutive Gen X-ers. Strength in numbers enables shared ideals to gain traction, even far-reaching credibility. Should you be uninterested in yet another generational-focused article, rest assured that is not the crux of this piece.
Over the past 30 years, the rigid structure of the workplace has eroded some, allowing employees a more flexible environment to perform in. Who led these changes? Doubtful, it was senior executives advocating for casual Fridays, working remotely, flex scheduling, and coworking spaces. Attribute the purging of hardline norms to young, energetic professionals. As twenty-somethings consider lengthy careers ahead, pursuing changes that provide some semblance of career well-being are worthy demands of C-suiters.
“Work-life balance” broadly encompasses many of the above-mentioned benefits highly prized among 21st century professionals. Organizations espousing a culture of work-life balance appeal to young professionals who might also be outdoor enthusiasts, performing musicians or aspiring writers.
On the personal and spiritual level, finding balance in our chaotic lives is a prescription provided by numerous self-help guides and gurus. It’s an easier-said-than-done fix for multi-tasking overachievers. As one who’s strived for balance throughout my life, I’ve come to accept it’s beyond my reach. Just when you sense that you’ve captured and bottled that illusive balance, you earn a promotion that funds an addition to the house but reduces time with family.
Rather than obsess over a calibrated existence, a more realistic goal ought to be managing imbalance. Consider times of hardship when that special someone reminds us of our countless blessings. In doing so, our focus is redirected on good fortunes, helping us manage what’s askew. Tempering our exuberance over a seemingly awesome opportunity will help curtail disappointment should it not pan out. Life is so rarely in balance. Having the means to navigate the imbalance can pay real dividends.