Helicopter parenting is the new catchphrase for over-parenting in the 21st century, and while the phenomenon manifests itself mostly during school years, it has crossed the workplace border as many moms and dads now manage their children’s careers.
Employers report more frequent parental involvement in the adult child’s job search and continued involvement even after hire.
While some employers discourage parental involvement, others encourage family members to learn more about the job and the company. They know that if parents see a solid organization with growing opportunities, they’re more likely to persuade their child to take the job -- and tell others about it. You can hear more about helicopter parents descending upon the workplace in an NPR interview with SHRM’s Knowledge Center Advisor and Operations Manager Margaret Fiester.
The question is: What is best for your company?
Q1. As an HR pro or manager/supervisor, what experiences have you encountered with helicopter parents?
Q2. Can helicopter parents' good intentions actually hinder or hurt their adult child’s job search? How?
Q3. Does your organization encourage parental participation in the job application/interview/onboarding process? How?
Q4. How can organizations work with helicopter parents to create a better culture or build more awareness for their employer brand?
Q5. As an HR pro, what advice can you give to helicopter parents when helping their adult child with a job search?
Q6. As the parent of a job-searching adult child, what advice can you give to other parents?