Well millennials are doing just that – living the dream and running off into the sunset without giving two hoots for their previously lucrative careers. So, would you do it?
The newspapers and magazines around the world have been abuzz with the news that millennials are setting themselves free and using the digital age to live the 21st century’s Cinderella story.
The New York Post illustrated the trend by following the story of 20-something publicist Sarah Solomon. She traded in a career partying with the likes of John Legend at Fashion Week complete with ‘black dress, leather pants and high heels’, for a life scaling volcanoes and showering in waterfalls in Bali. Accompanying her is her trusty laptop and good wifi through which she gets by successfully taking on freelance PR jobs.
This is really all part of a number of trends – the world of work is changing thanks to the possibilities for remote working. We might have 24-hour communications, but that also means a world that isn’t tied to the office.
We are also entering an age where we know people are more interested in their health and wellbeing. The rockstars of yesterday have been exchanged for the health gurus of Instagram. We covet lifestyles based on a health and wellness idyll rather than rebel aspirations.
But do you have to quit your job and jet off to the tropics to benefit from a greater work/life balance? Not at all – after all, the freelance life won’t suit everyone – some of us like the relative security of an income, and plenty of us like the sociability that goes with belonging to a team.
The changes that inspire Millennials to a new way of living are also inspiring companies to support their teams in a whole new set of ways. We know Google are big on providing a number of incentives to improve work/life balance, and they’re not the only ones. Admiral Insurance is also known to have a pretty spectacular benefits package and an office characterised by informality.
For some, the spa experience is a wonderful way to improve wellbeing at work and is something that can be integrated into work trips and team building as well as a way to provide individuals with time out. Here are just a few ways spas can help bring greater balance to your workspace:
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