Generation Y dads put family first

NZ Herald November 01, 2007
Young Generation Y fathers are cutting back on working hours, apparently to spend more time with their children and in leisure pursuits. New figures from last year’s Census, released yesterday, show that fewer men in their 20s, 30s and 40s are now working more than 50 hours a week. Older men and women are still working longer hours than they did a decade ago. Altogether, almost a quarter of all employees (23 per cent) still work more than 50 hours a week – higher than in any of 17 other developed countries except Japan in a 2004 survey.But Business New Zealand’s employment relations policy manager, Paul Mackay, said the drop among younger men pointed to Generation Y workers saying, “I’ll do what I need to do but I’m not going to do any more than I have to”. “They are more inclined to look at work-life balance and an ‘I’m not your slave’ kind of syndrome,” he said. “You might have a Generation X/Generation Y effect, with the Baby Boomers flowing through to their 60s still saying, ‘I work for the company’, to Generation Y saying, ‘I work for me’.”