Today, on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, I am again keeping my children at home.
Why? Because the “typical” work environment is now atypical – no longer wholly housed within a company cubicle’s four walls. Employees are stepping out by staying at home, teleworking from fully equipped home-based offices, as I have been doing for the past 17 years. But today’s teenagers – dubbed the “I-Generation” for their addiction to everything digital, from iPods to IM (instant messaging) – are receiving mixed messages about how, when and where they can expect to effectively balance their future careers and family lives.