Millennials want work-life balance

Many millennials in the workforce are demanding more than just a paycheck, and companies are starting to adapt to the job market. As millennials enter the labor force, employers are beginning to offer more of a work-life balance, with perks such as working from home, free meals, and leisure time. In 10 years, 75% of American workers will be millennials, which will coerce companies to change the structure of their available jobs to accommodate the market demand for a more relaxed workplace.

Mindspark in Westchester County, N.Y has already started to accommodate the market demand for a work-life balance. Julie-Anne Selvey, head of special projects, expressed that keeping employees happy is a benefit to the company. At Mindspark, attire is casual and free breakfast and snacks are available for all employees. 

Another company, Lockard & Wechsler Direct (LWD), has lots of open space in their office for recreational and relaxing activities. Employees at LWD are able to play pool and ping pong during their workday, and on Wednesdays, a masseuse gives free massages to employees. CEO Dick Wechsler believes that a comfortable work environment keeps people at his company, and uses policies as an incentive. At LWD, employees can work from home as needed and do not have to use personal time for doctor appointments. Additionally, new mothers are able to take three months maternity leave with six weeks paid and can work a few days from home until the child is 5. Many millennials do not mind the “overlap between work and their personal life”, so the job market is headed in a direction where work will be able to become a second family for many American workers.

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Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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