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Parents in the workplace can boost morale, productivity

Wednesday - 9/18/2013, 4:23am  ET

WASHINGTON - We've all heard of "Bring your Child to Work Day," and there's even "Bring Your Dog to Work Day." But now, get ready to pack a lunch for mom and pops: It's "Bring Your Parents to Work Day."

The Wall Street Journal reports that millenials, those born between 1980 and the early 2000's, are bringing their parents to the work place. Some companies initially balked at the idea, but that's starting to changed. Some firms, such as Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, Wisc., are encouraging employees to bring the parental units to work.

Part of the thinking is that it will help retain and even attract new employees, along with improving company morale. Michael Van Grinsven, field-growth and development director at the financial firm, says parents can be a positive influence on their children -- even if they are grown and employed.

College-aged interns are even encouraged to bring the 'rents in for the interview process, Van Grinsven tells the Wall Street Journal.

The question that's left though is: Do you really want your mom and dad hanging out with your program director?

To read more, visit The Wall Street Journal.

WTOP's David Burd contributed to this report. Follow @DavidBurdWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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