In the 1980s, the stressful balancing act of working mothers gained national attention in TV shows and films. Never mind that women had been balancing family responsibilities and working outside the home for generations. Suddenly it seemed as if people, or at least the media and business owners, realized how difficult it is for workers to balance their personal lives and their careers.
The need for that balance didn't disappear when 'Murphy Brown' went off the air. Today's youngest professionals, known as Millennials, have been touted as a generation of workers who refuse to sacrifice their personal lives for the sake of their careers. Over the last several years, many companies have instituted flexible schedules and telecommuting options that allow workers to balance their personal and professional lives.