Bring Your Parents to Work Day!
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|Thu, 11-14-2013 - 2:25pm|
Is this another way for helicopter parents to get a foot in the door at their adult child's workplace? LinkedIn had a "Bring Your Parents to Work" day, and there has been a lot of debate on whether this is in reaction to micromanaging parents:
First and foremost, this type of program tells younger employees that their employer doesn't see them as fully independent adults, untethered from their parents – or assumes that they don't see themselves that way. (To be clear, fully independent adults can and do choose to talk about work-related topics with their parents all the time – but they don't require an employer-planned event to do that.)
Since it's highly unlikely that 50-something employees are bringing their parents to these events, it's clear that it's targeting millennials, and that it's based on the belief that this generation of workers still finds it appropriate to create the type of parent-focused programs that they had in college and grade school.
When employers coddle younger employees like this, what does this mean for how they negotiate raises, give feedback, delegate work and otherwise interact with them? Are these employees going to get adult raises, adult assignments and adult feedback, or will they be condescended to there are well?
Do you agree with LInkedIn's position that it was a way for parents to understand what their children are doing at work, or is it a way to encourage helicopter parenting into adulthood?