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Monday, 01 June 2009 09:07
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GEN Y WOMEN, NOW YOUNG MOMS, PUTTING CAREER FIRST
Many won’t even consider not working,
but say flexible work arrangements are key
Unlike the previous two generations of working mom executives – first the Baby Boomers, who blazed the trail in the workplace for work-family balance, then Gen Xers, who often put careers on hold while raising young children, Gen Y women are different – they aren’t even considering slowing down or not working as they are now experiencing motherhood for the first time.
“They tend to be very driven young women,” says Nadine Mockler, who, along with her partner Laurie Young, founded Flexible Resources Inc., 20 years ago to help Baby Boomer moms like themselves find a way to balance career and family, and often faced a work environment hostile to their needs. Their company was a direct outgrowth of their inability to secure flexible work for themselves. Flexible Resources is a staffing and consulting firm that specializes in creating all types of non-traditional work arrangements at the professional level. Based in Stamford, CT, with offices in Hartford, and Fairfield, NJ, they work with small and large companies to structure work arrangements that enable companies to staff effectively and efficiently using flexible work arrangements.
“We are interviewing more and more women, now in their early 30s, some fully employed, others who took a brief time off to have a child, tell us they want to get back to work ASAP. They ‘project manage’ their lives, making time for family but always keeping career on the front burner. Not working is not even an option.”
“These women have much to offer companies. They are super efficient and focused, and can pack 10 hours of work into a five-hour day. We are having no problem finding places for them, even now, on a contract basis, or in permanent part-time positions. They make the case for flexibility – it creates focus, commitment, motivation, which translate well to the bottom line.”
CONTACT: Joyce Fredo, Redbird Communications, 203-968-0786
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