Shaping the Next Generation
According to http://catalyst.org in 2020, “Both parents are employed full-time in almost half (46%) of households that include a mother and father. 72.3% of all women with children under 18 were in the labor force in 2019. In the same year, 93.4% of men with children under 18 were in the labor force. The traditional family is no longer the norm.
With most of our workforce being parents, their skills will automatically pass on to shape the next generation of leaders. Being a working parent isn’t easy.
Multiple studies and surveys have found that working parents feel that they are failing at home and work. Many parents report that they’ve had to make career sacrifices for their children and that their careers have suffered because they are parents.
53% of working moms and 51% of working dads say working makes it hard to be a good parent.
54% of moms and 44% of dads report they’ve reduced their work hours to accommodate their children’s needs.
25% of moms and 15% of dads have turned down promotions because they worried about balancing family life with the increased responsibilities.
23% of all working parents feel that they’ve been treated unfairly due to having children.
The things that working parents need most are reliable affordable childcare and more flexible work options. COVID-19 may have been positive when it comes to employers having a more flexible mindset regarding telecommuting or working virtually.
April 28th is Take Your Child to Work Day. This year, we might find varying answers to what this means for you. Does this mean they go down 14-stairs with you to your home office or do you get in your vehicle and drive them to an onsite location?
When it comes to shaping the next generation of leaders. Scholastic.com says these are the key skills needed for the next generation:
Playing well with others (Collaboration/Teamwork)
Smart Technology Reliance
The Ability to Think in 3D
This is pretty good advice seeing how leaders and businesses have had to shift during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you plan to pass on your values and skillset to your children or those in generations after you in the workplace.
Stratengy is here to help you navigate being a great leader in today’s world. Reach out to us today to learn how we can help you and your team be more engaged, collaborative, and productive.