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Millennials, Your Boss Should Not Call Your Mommy To Talk About Your Job

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When we were young people, we would have blanched at the thought of our potential boss calling our parents about our potential job, though it is tough to imagine the CEO of Starbuck would have called Mom about our barista gig. But this is now a thing bosses do, and thing millennials like. We are dismayed and confused and old.


In an interview last fall with Fortune magazine, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi revealed that she often writes letters to her direct reports’ parents to thank them for “the gift” of their children. Some of those parents even write back. Nooyi said her gesture has opened up new and intimate lines of communication not only with the parents, but also with her top employees.

Christ almighty, the last thing we would have wanted fresh out of college is our boss having "new and intimate" lines of communication with our parents about anything, really, because that line of communication would mostly have been "your child perpetually comes to his/her dead end job hung over and surly" and that does not really sound like a good talk.

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