Under 35s Are Forcing A Workplace Power Shift – A Message To UK Employers

The balance of power has moved from employer to employee when it comes to the rules of the workplace – according to a survey of 1,750 workers. 

The results show businesses need to change tack if they want to fill vacancies and recruit talent: 

  • Under 35s place the highest value on family life (56%)
  • This age group also has the biggest career aspirations (45%)
  • 51% of those under 35s continue to re-evaluate career options and employers with family-friendly policies are favoured
  • 67% of working parents have resorted to using annual leave to cover childcare when backup care is used up
  • 93% of employees who used backup care rated their employers as highly supportive of the family.

Bright Horizons’ annual Work + Family Snapshot has revealed under 35s expect to achieve career success without sacrificing their personal lives – and the tight labour market is forcing organisations to listen up. 

For the first time, 18-35s are breaking real boundaries by actively seeking out companies that enable them to put their home lives on an equal footing with building a successful career – and there are signs other generations are following suit.

Increasing numbers of employees in all age groups who have experienced care disruptions the report highlights – with 57% reporting childcare breakdowns lasting five or more days. 

Over two-thirds said having a backup care programme in place at work had enabled them to work on a day they would have otherwise not been able to. However, when subsidised backup care days run out, 67% have resorted to using annual leave as cover, sacrificing time intended for rest and recuperation.

Encouragingly, over 9 in 10 (93%) employees who used backup care provision rated their employers as highly supportive of the family, creating greater loyalty and less desire to seek new job opportunities. 

Bright Horizons says this year’s annual Work + Family Snapshot comes with a warning to companies without family-friendly policies in place to urgently rethink their approach and pay close attention to the demands being placed on their employees.

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