Permission: Howard McWilliam
Thanks Howard - perfect illustration!
I'm not going to make any assumptions as I start this post. Have you ever heard of a 'helicopter parent"? If not, here's what it is -- it's a parent who attempts to run a child's life into adulthood. In their sincere desire to help, they do not give their children a chance to "do on their own".
Why am I writing about this? Because the helicopter behavior has begun substantially spilling over into professional activities such as job searches, interviews and performance reviews to name a few. (In Allison's article a dad actually did the phone interview for the child - what!)
As I've traveled across the country conducting professional development seminars, I have heard many a helicopter story from HR professionals -- some to the point of absurdity! So how do you as an HR professional handle it? Do you have any policies or philosophies in place?
I was interviewed on this topic, the results of which appeared in 2 different HR publications. I am posting the main link first because it has many comments.
If you know of one - please share this article and ask them to pay particular attention to the subsequent comments! They need to know!
Main link: Site - HR Hero - http://www.hrhero.com/hl/articles/2012/07/26/helicopter-parents-of-young-employees-soaring-into-the-workplace/
It also appeared on Human Resources Journal
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