Irish parents are a nation of champions for their children, even when they are grown and in the workplace, with over six out of 10 mothers and fathers stating that their child deserves a promotion. Despite their enthusiasm, however, new research from LinkedIn has revealed that while Irish parents are heavily involved early in their child’s career, as people progress in the workplace a parenting gap emerges when it comes to professional guidance.
These findings mark the launch of the third annual LinkedIn Bring in Your Parents Day #BIYP. The worldwide event on November 5 in which workers around the globe invite their parents into the workplace to give them an inside view of their working life. The initiative was first successfully piloted in LinkedIn’s Dublin office in 2013 before being rolled out across the world.
While Irish parents are not short of potential advice, half (50%) often find themselves with an opinion to offer but refrain from giving it. Almost a third (32%) did not want to interfere and 21% believe their child would be annoyed or offended if they offered advice. As a result, the last time most parents have given career advice to their children is during their first job after finishing education (25%.)
The research also revealed that Irish mothers are the biggest supporters of their child’s career, with eight out of 10 mammies (78%) extremely proud of their son or daughter’s career choice, compared to 66% of Irish fathers.
LinkedIn Bring in Your Parents Day aims to bridge this gap between workers and their parents when it comes to the world of work, providing parents with the insights and knowledge they need to offer useful advice to their children. LinkedIn’s research showed that over half of Irish parents (53%) describe their parenting style as “a beacon of encouragement and advice without being overinvolved”. Unsurprisingly, this is more common for mothers (62%) than fathers (43%) in Ireland.
As part of the study, LinkedIn worked with Dr Alexandra Beauregard, an expert on the influence of families in the workplace, from the London School of Economics. Dr Beauregard looked at different parenting styles, based on how engaged parents were in their child’s professional life and the types of decisions they helped to influence and how these affected kids that have flown the nest. Dr Beauregard has coined the term Lighthouse Parenting which joins other parenting styles people may be familiar with: Free Range, Well-wishers, Concierge and Helicopter Parenting.
Dr Beauregard commented, “Irish parents know they are one of the most important factors in shaping their child’s upbringing; however this input usually drops off once they enter the full-time workforce. A big reason for this is parents feel like they know less about what their child is doing. Bring In Your Parents Day is a great way for parents to understand what their chid does and all the useful advice they still have to give. The Lighthouse Parent embodies this parenting style by continuing to take an interest in a child’s career and giving guidance when required – without interfering.”
LinkedIn Bring In Your Parents Day will be held in 17 countries including Ireland, United Kingdom, United States, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Australia, India, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia, China, Japan and Hong Kong, and encourages businesses and individuals worldwide to take part in the day. 25,000 people took part in 2014. Whether you’re a parent, an employee, or a business, you can find out how to take part by visiting www.biyp.linkedin.com. Join conversations on Twitter with #LinkedIn #BIYP.