Magazine article HRMagazine

How Can HR Deal with Parents of Employees Who Want to Be Involved in Their Adult Children's Jobs?

Magazine article HRMagazine

How Can HR Deal with Parents of Employees Who Want to Be Involved in Their Adult Children's Jobs?

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As the youngest Americans take on their first positions, helicopter parenting is entering the workplace in full force. Mom and Dad are not just calling to ask the status of applications or sit in on interviews anymore. In many cases, they have now become lobbyists, contacting HR to negotiate higher salaries, promotions and more vacation time for their kids. Increasingly, workers are even involving their parents in disciplinary meetings.

You may need to politely notify these deeply involved parents that they will need to communicate with their child directly about work issues rather than contacting the employer. It is perfectly legitimate for an organization to have a policy stating that staff will speak only to employees regarding job-related matters, including disciplinary actions. An exception may be for those under the age of 18. Although there is no legal requirement to allow parental involvement for minors, it may be a good idea to ask these young workers their preference. …

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