Millennials plan to trade kids for careers — but it doesn’t have to be that way
Erin Wehmann, 28, can tell when she and her husband have been at work too long. They’ll come home to find Jake and Macey, their 7-year-old lab mixes, moping around the house.
While she doesn’t like leaving them for long stretches, she knows that during those occasional 10- to 12-hour work days, her dogs have plenty of food and water and access to the doggy door.
“But that’s not like a kid,” she said. “You can’t just leave them in your backyard.”
Stegmeier Consulting’s Insight…
Is a lack of workplace flexibility resulting in a “Baby Bust”? For many Millenials, a flexible work arrangement is a deciding factor in whether or not they start families.
In 1969, couples ages 25-54 worked an average of 56 hours a week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2000, couples together averaged 67 hours.
With fewer workers doing the same amount of work, it is not surprising that they feel it is impossible to strike a balance between work and family life— and be able to afford it. The United States is one of the very few countries in the world that doesn’t provide some type of paid family leave, and many young parents cannot afford to take unpaid maternity leave.
What do you think? Would flexible work arrangements be enough to curb an impending “Baby Bust”?
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