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This Helicopter Mom Raised a Daughter Incapable of Normal Business Behavior. A Warning

This Helicopter Mom Raised a Daughter Incapable of Normal Business Behavior. A Warning

The boss wanted a correction. The employee insisted that the word should remain "hampster" because that was how she spelled hamster. And

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The boss wanted a correction. The employee insisted that the word should remain “hampster” because that was how she spelled hamster. And that was what mattered.

The boss, according to Blymire, continued calmly, bringing the employee almost to tears.

OK. Now we know the problem. This woman has received so much support and validation from her mother that she couldn’t fathom that she could be wrong about something. What she wanted was more important than what the actual truth was.

Now, you can certainly argue that language evolves, and maybe in 100 years we’ll all spell hamster as hampster, but your boss gets to decide what evolves and what doesn’t in the workplace. (And I seriously doubt this is where English is going.)

Learning how to take negative feedback is a critical part of being an adult. Learning how to say, “Oops, you’re right. I was wrong,” is a valuable life skill. There are times when you should stand your ground, but not when it comes to spelling. The dictionary wins every time. And if the dictionary says there are multiple correct spellings, the boss gets to choose which one you use in the office. 

This mother, in trying to help and support her daughter, made her very difficult to work with. And as Blymire points out, teachers and professors undoubtedly bowed to the mother’s whims rather than do battle. All of them did her no favors. Hopefully, she’ll figure it out soon enough, but until then, her poor boss.

Published on: Jul 15, 2019

The opinions expressed here by Inc.com columnists are their own, not those of Inc.com.

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