Former Chicago White Sox player Adam LaRoche gave new meaning to “Take Your Child to Work Day” last month when he wanted to bring his 14-year-old son into his team’s clubhouse each day. While LaRoche’s child may have enjoyed missing school, his dad’s employer thought bringing him every day was too much.
Despite the jokes that story may have caused, Take Your Child to Work Day has earned a valuable place in our workplace culture. Today, many companies celebrated this annual event by giving their employees’ school-age children the opportunity to come to work with mom or dad.
And I’m proud to report that XpertHR is one of those forward-thinking companies. Did it give the office a bit of a different feel than a typical day? Absolutely. But was the day a success?
According to 11–year-old Emily Smith, the answer is a resounding yes. “I learned that my mom does a lot more than I thought she did.”
And that’s not all. Future dancer Julia Moakley, 9, summed up a key job role that our audience on occasion has to perform. “I learned that HR workers make sure that people don’t have major fights with other people and they help break fights up,” she said.
The children had the opportunity to hear some kid-friendly details about what the company does, how we sell our product and what it means to work in an HR-related field. More importantly, they had the chance to turn the tables on mom and dad, asking them questions about our jobs.
Legal Editor Marta Moakley explained, “It’s important to present information [about work] in different ways because many people absorb things differently. We try to keep it fun so it’s never boring.”
Her colleague Melissa Boyce told the children, “We have supervisor trainings because it’s important for supervisors and managers to follow the law, just like it’s important to follow directions at school.”
So did we create a future generation of HR workers? Perhaps not as professional sports seemed to be the leading job of choice. Christian Smith, 9, is a future football player or NYPD officer. Ella Boyce, 6, wants to be a soccer player and Addison Burdorf, 5, loves swimming. Meanwhile, 6-year-old Christian Estrada wants to be a spy to “help out the US.”
We may not have gotten quite as much work done today, but we achieved something far more valuable—the bond of a wonderful day with our children. The company benefitted too as evidenced by the smiles around the office.
Zachary Weisenfeld, 8, enjoyed seeing his dad write a blog and said seeing him work was great. But Alex Moakley, 9, wasn’t as sure, saying, “I learned my mom’s job isn’t as boring as I thought it was.”
We’ll leave it to 12-year-old Andrew Estrada to sum Take Your Child to Work Day up for those who missed it. “I think it’s awesome.” said Andrew. “I learned so much information about my father’s job.”
Did your employer have an organized event to commemorate Take Your Child to Work Day this year? If so, what was your favorite part of the day? Let us know by leaving a comment below.