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Why you should go to “Take Your Parents to Work Day”

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Here’s an excerpt from my most recent column in The Huffington Post:

All of us know about Take Your Child to Work Day, but LinkedIn has invited parents to see what their kids do at work this Thursday, November 7. Google had 2,000 parents attend last February. Why have these and other more traditional companies, like Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual, started to invite parents? Because they noticed that some younger employees who didn’t have children or a significant other invited their parents to company picnics. Additionally, other cultures see taking parents to work as a way to honor them. In India, for example, taking parents to work events is common. Companies see a financial payoff as well. They hope that if parents support their children’s work choices, then their children — the Millennials — are more likely to stay with the company.

Even though Take Your Parents to Work Day events have been a hit at these pioneering organizations, they are ridiculed online and in the press for being another way organizations pander to “helicopter parents” who can’t let their kids grow up.

So should you go or will that make you look like the emotionally stunted “helicopter parent”? Or if you are the employee, should you ask your parents or will that make you look like you need to grow up?

I think there are three great reasons why parents should go and their children should ask them….

Read entire article here.

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