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Helicopter parent

For too many millennials, parents have micromanaged every part of their lives.  Having Mom or Dad hover over them, then rush in and “save the day” every time a child encounter stress is normal in today’s culture.  “Helicopter parenting,” can range from scheduling a play date for a four-year old to writing college admissions essays in the hopes the child gets into the best college.  Helicopter parent is a term for a person who pays extremely close attention to his or her child or children, particularly at educational institutions. They rush to prevent any harm or failure from befalling them or letting them learn from their own mistakes, sometimes even contrary to the children's wishes. They are so named because, like a helicopter, they hover closely overhead, rarely out of reach whether their children need them or not.

In Dr. Haim Ginott's 1969 book Parents & Teenagers by teens who said their parents would hover over them like a helicopter.  It is also known as "lawnmower parents," "cosseting parent," or "bulldoze parent."

Some helicopter parents continue to hover over their children into adulthood.   According to an Adecco survey cited by the Wall Street Journal, eight (8) percent of recent college graduates chose to bring their parents to a job interview.  Even more amazing is the fact that a full three (3) percent actually had their parents attend an actual job tryout.

Hyper-parental involvement is not a very positive trend.  Research reveals...


employer of choice

Learning how to become the employer of choice can be challenging.  Just like the baby boomers before, the younger workforce will have a significant impact on the workplace.  First, not all millennials are the same and many consider themselves different from each other.  

[Too many ugly labels have been placed on our generation and some of them seem contradictory. Each one of us is different and our culture, values, backgrounds and beliefs play a huge part in who we are. Wouldn’t it be reasonable to say that everyone possesses some degree of each of those attributes?

Our generation is viewed in this regard because we have the ability to speak our minds, be creative, understand what we want out of life and live life to the fullest.

Everyone is different. Companies just need to find individuals that will work to benefit the company.

"Most people in our generation act for the greater good yet are not recognized for that because our generation isn’t known for being hard-working or compassionate." ]

Millennials are a challenge and most companies are not prepared.  The average company will evolve organically while organizations on the “cutting edge” will utilize this time of change to create a competitive advantage.  Following are eight questions to ask about your own organization:

  • What makes you different from any other company in your area?
  • Can you offer me something no other company competing for my talent can offer?
  • What will you do to keep me once I am hired?

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