Are you a young power woman who is working your way up the corporate ladder? Odds are you hate your job. As much as you talk about how fulfilling your job is, you hate the never-ending rat-race, the monotony of office life and the endless stream of upcoming meetings and projects. The truth is that you would probably be happier if you left the office and decided to have children and become a stay-at-home mother. Here’s why:
Your Uterus is Decaying
If you are a young woman and your goal is to have a family and children, you have to accept the reality that you cannot have it all at work and at home. If you are a young woman, you must choose between having a career and having a family because young women must consider the dating and fertility issues they will face if they put off family planning for too long. For each day that you go into the office to work full-time, that is one less day that you could be creating a family. The chance of a 30-year-old getting pregnant in one try is less than 30 percent, and is less than 10 percent for a 40-year-old woman. Additionally, women also have to accept that most young mothers would prefer to work part-time, so it makes sense to plan for a family that includes another spouse who works full-time.
Long Work Hours
It’s hard being an American worker, whether you’re male or female. We work some of the longest hours in the developed world. Our vacation allotments are short and our access to sick time is even shorter. If you are a woman who would like to work fewer hours, you can rest easy knowing that are not alone. One Pew study found that 53 percent of women say they do not have any interest in being the boss. According to another Pew study, 47 percent of mothers said that their ideal situation would be to work part-time. A ForbesWoman study found that out of all working women surveyed, 84 percent of working women say that they aspire to have the financial luxury to stay home to raise children. One in three women resent their partners for not earning enough to make that dream a reality. Forget about Sheryl Sandberg’s advice about “leaning in,” most working women actually want to opt out.
What is the worse office politics battle that you’ve waged? Take a second to think about it. Did an argument about a stapler or the coffee machine end with someone going to human resources? You have never seen pettiness or immaturity like you have seen in an office battle. And unfortunately, it is usually the case that the pettiest, most passive-aggressive workers are the first ones to get ahead in the workplace.
Meetings and More Meetings
You want to publish a story on a new report, so you have a meeting to discuss the marketing process for the publication. But since the release won’t happen for a few months, you schedule a brainstorming meeting to get staff members ready for the official launch meeting. Everyone can’t make the brainstorming meeting because of scheduling conflicts, so you plan a pre-brainstorming meeting. You have the pre-brainstorming meeting, but some of your talkative coworkers dominate the conversation, so you schedule a secretive brainstorming meeting that only has the colleagues who are known for getting things done. In this secretive meeting, you and your private confidants decide it may be best to hire a meeting consultant to help your firm make sure the official brainstorming meeting goes smoothly. What’s not to love about all of these meetings?
Day-to-day is Boring
Honestly, how much work do you actually do everyday? Is it possible for you to complete the majority of your daily tasks in 2-3 hours? Can you do the bulk of your work from home? Admit it, you don’t need to go through the headache of waking up early, showering and commuting to and from work just to do 2-3 hours of actual work every day.
Dealing with Bullshitters
The office is full of professionals who double-talk in magic speak. They use lofty language about “capacity building,” “sustained actions” and “dynamic public interest.” An actual sentence said at a recent meeting: “We want to find the essence of our communications foundation and broader-based interest discussions with our brand.” Enough with all of the engagement!
So what is a young woman to do? Focus more on building a stable family with a decent, loving man. It will bring you more happiness that dedicating your best years to office politics and wage enslavement.