Mentoring or Meddlesome: Human Resources Needs to Decide

May 22, 2007

The Today Show featured a story on "Helicopter Parents : Helping Your Child Get a Job" which was an interesting foil to our recent posting.   Matt Lauer’s guest was Dr. Michele Borba (whose blog appears on iVillage website). Dr. Borba referred to some helicopter parents as ‘Blackhawks" and said  that these parents haven’t struck the correct  balance between "mentoring and meddlesome". However, the show noted that many large companies like General Electric are embracing helicopter parents by inviting them into the recruiting process and targeting them with advertising. I think  employers will need to be flexible in their approach to parents in the recruiting phase. Human resource professionals face the challenge of drawing the boundary at the workplace once the recruit is hired.