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Parents: The hot new workplace accessory for Millennials

The Wall Street Journal |

Back in the day, work was a family thing. Kids worked on and eventually inherited their family’s farm. Sons apprenticed in their fathers’ shops or learned to manage the family business.

That ethic seems to be making a comeback, sort of.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Millennials—people born between 1981 and the early 2000s—are much closer to their parents than previous generations, and they have gained a reputation for being coddled by so-called helicopter parents, say researchers who study Millennials. But when they started joining the workforce in the early 2000s, managers balked at parents getting involved in their kids’ workplace struggles or job searches.

That was then. Now, some firms have begun embracing parental involvement and using it to attract and hold onto talent and boost employee morale.

Still, the attention paid to parents has put some employers in an awkward position. “This is a situation that’s odd and uncomfortable to say the least,” says Jaime Fall, a vice president of the HR Policy Association.

For example, HR executives have to follow privacy policies that prevent them from sharing information with parents. That can be a problem when a parent calls asking why their offspring didn’t get a job or wants to negotiate salary, Mr. Fall explains.

Parental involvement also isn’t for everyone. Lauren Bailey, a 22-year-old graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, says that if a company gave her a letter to take home to her parents, “I would almost feel like I was back in high school.”

Nor can she imagine taking her parents to an interview or a company recruiting event. “I’d be worried that they’d be speaking for me,” she says. “I know I’m young, but at some point I have to make my own decisions.”

So umm would you ever bring your parents to a job interview? Would you hire someone who did? Maybe you’ve just founded Weirdos R Us and this all sounds great to you. All we know is, as a place staffed with Millennials, parents aren’t going to be part of our “family” any time soon.

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