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The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace by Ron Alsop

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4.3. A HELICOPTER MISSION FAILURE

Many companies wish helicopter parents had become more involved in one workplace issue: how to behave in the office and at social events. Remember Mom's lectures about standing up straight, using the proper fork, eating slowly—and with your mouth shut? Well, a lot of millennials don't seem to have received such pointers.

Ironically, helicopter parents haven't been vigilant enough when it comes to practical but important life lessons. In their zeal to instill self-esteem and heap on the praise, they have neglected to teach millennials some of the basic etiquette rules that could give them polish and help advance their careers—such as keeping iPods and cell phones turned off during meetings and, oh yes, showing ...

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