WHAT WOMEN WANT

06.20.13

Seeking Life-Work Balance

Professional success is defined by equilibrium between work and family life, according to a study.

What defines success? A majority of women (60 percent) say they want their lives to be equal parts work and family, according to the What Women Want @ Work Study released by the professional-networking website LinkedIn. This may seem like a no-brainer, but the results reveal more details. Even though 80 percent of women in the U.S. believe they can “have it all”—a fulfilling career and relationship and children—nearly two thirds want greater flexibility from their workplace. The study also found changing views on professional success. Five to 10 years ago, more than 60 percent of women placed the most importance on salary, but today that number has dropped to 44 percent. More women are concerned with “having an interesting job.” And fewer women view “juggling family life” as not detrimental to their career. “Today’s professional women strive to balance their work, home, and family lives, and therefore place a higher value on flexibility from their employers than ever before,” said LinkedIn’s Nicole Williams. The study is based on a survey of more than 400 women between ages 18 and 65 across the U.S. Our thoughts? Ask us when we get equal pay.