LinkedIn used its massive reach to poll women worldwide about what they want from their work lives. The professional social network compared what women said they want now to what they said they wanted 5 to 10 years ago. While the methodology wasn’t entirely scientific, one interesting trend emerged: Before, salary topped the list and work-life balance wasn’t “on the radar”; now balance tops the list. Two possible explanations: First, the lousy economy of the last five years means women have given up on getting better salaries and have started thinking about downsizing how much they work instead. Second, with the rise of mobile devices, the expectation that we’re always connected has women (and perhaps people more generally) longing for time away from career responsibilities.
Take a look at the infographic to see what you think.