the new normal
While childless Xers certainly sympathize and support the special challenges facing parents, they would like their lives outside work celebrated too – or, at least, respected. Some of our interviewees lamented the difficulty of caring for a dog or getting to the gym when kids provide the only legitimate cover for leaving the office at a reasonable hour. “I don’t begrudge my colleagues with children,” one financial services professional admits, “but I’d like someone to acknowledge that I have a life outside work, too.”
As choosing not to parent becomes “the new normal” for Generation X, their employers need to make sure that childless Xers aren’t relegated to second place in the war for work-life balance. Otherwise, they risk losing the fathers and mothers of their own future.