by Beth Braverman / August 2, 2015

Half a decade after the end of the Great Recession, the young workers who graduated into the worst jobs market in recent memory are finally launching their careers, but they’re not ready to give up the rest of their lives to do so. They’re entering the workforce at a time in which technology has made it possible for them fulfill work obligations without being chained to a desk, and they’re willing to speak up for what they want and to leave a job if they can’t find it. Given that Millennials will make up the majority of workers in the next five years, employers are taking note and making changes.

“Millennials are not kids anymore, and their expectations related to work-life integration are greater than in previous generations,” says Lindsey Pollak, a millennial expert with The Hartford. Here are five ways the children of the 80s and 90s are changing the workplace:

3. They want benefits for both mothers and fathers. U.S. parental leave policies, which don’t require that companies provide paid leave for mothers or fathers lag embarrassingly far behind those of the rest of the world. Even so, 89 percent of millennial mothers took at least two weeks off after having a baby, along with 31 percent of fathers, according to a recent report by The Hartford. A separate study by the Families and Work Institute last year found that 89 percent of professional fathers said that the availability of paid paternity leave is an important consideration in seeking a new job if they plan to have another child.


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