Millennial women struggle in old-fashioned workplaces

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Published on January 20, 2012 with No Comments

If you were born between 1982 and 2000, though the dates are somewhat movable, you’re defined as a Millennial and by some accounts you are not happy with the old-fashioned, corporate status-quo. This according to Larissa Faw, a writer who explores the lives and challenges of Millennials, especially Millennial women in the workplace. Millennial women are burning out by the time they’re 30, she proclaimed, and the digital comment board lit up in agreement. Millennial women were raised with tough, unforgiving schedules and they worked really, really hard to get through their education. Once they arrived at their corporate cubicle or corner office, as the case may be, they were exhausted and overwhelmed by the demands. One such woman upon completing law school said it had not occurred to her that having a career meant having to go to work all day every day.

Millennials On Car OwnershipBlame it on the old-fashioned workplace which was organized around men and the needs of men, says Larissa Faw. Everything from the 9 to 5 work schedule, to the two-week vacation, to the excessive structure in corporate life was designed to fit the needs of men. Men thrive in overly structured environments while women prefer flexibility, she said. Millennial women also value results over face-time and they want more of a life-work balance. The corporate structure never changed to accommodate women in this way. Additionally, these old-fashioned workplace ideas are upheld by women from the Boomer generation who can be hostile and judgmental to the Millennial set. Such judgment can extend into areas beyond work into attire, work ethic and face-time. Meanwhile, women occupy 53 percent of entry level jobs, but only 37 percent of mid-management jobs, and a mere 26 percent of corporate vice-president jobs.

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