The 9 to 5 is dead. Today’s workers are rethinking work-life balance by adopting a more flexible workday - one with more time for extracurricular activities that emphasize self development and less time in cubicle decay. Outdated ideas of productivity are being replaced with policies that emphasize the whole person. Keeping employees fresh means increased productivity during working hours. Crunching numbers through lunch is no longer a sign of diligence, but rather a cause of burnout. We find less hecklers in the workplace when we throw on our running shoes mid-afternoon, shoot baskets in the gym or simply slip away to read over lunch. This is how today’s generation works and lives - a complete work-life integration.
For those millennials who seek even more freedom and are not afraid of blazing their own path, freelancing seems to be a growing consideration. TechCruch cites that 83% of millennials claim freelancing is a cornerstone of their career strategy. Could this fierce independence coupled with the enabling power of the digital age be driving us to a 21st-century revolution? It is clear in the absence of job security and traditional full-time employment, millennials are more concerned with flexibility, adaptability, and variety. While this restructuring of priorities has led to major shifts in the way we work and live, it can only be institutionalized into the fabric of the business community when the idealistic minority grows into the majority and takes on leadership positions.