The Dos & Don’ts of Take Your Kids to Work Day
On the fourth Thursday of each April, more than 37 million employees at over 3.5 million U.S. workplaces participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
While the program is a great opportunity for children to be exposed to the workplace and it offers an unmatched hands-on educational experience, there are things parents, mentors, teachers and workplaces need to be cautious of.
- Think about how your child will participate inthe day ahead of time.
- Talk to your kids before they go to work with you and lay out the ground rules.
- Find out if your company or organization has any planned activities for the children that day.
- Make sure you understand how to maximize the event from the national sponsor and your employer’s or department’s perspective.
- Talk with other parents who have brought their child to the workplace to learn what went well and what they might have done differently.
- Invite your niece or nephew, neighbors, friends or children from housing authorities and shelters so that all daughters and sons can participate in the program.
- Look at the day from your child’s perspective – Solicit input in advance for what they most want to see and why. Make it as interesting and interactive as possible, or the experience could seem dull.
- Introduce your kids to everyone you work with and have them acknowledge your co-workers by saying hello and shaking hands. Tell your kids what each person does so they can start understanding that everyone has different responsibilities in the workplace.
- While you want to make it interesting, keep it realistic.
- Parents and their workplaces should contact teachers, if possible, to let them know about the student’s experience and participation.
- Have another 20-minute meeting at the end of the work day to ask your child about what they most enjoyed and what they learned
- Don’t bring your child back to your same job 10times. Even if they are interested in your work, you need to expose them to other things. If you have no choice but to bring them to your workplace each year, show them different aspects of your job or your company.
- Don’t place children in a potentially unsafe environment or lose track of them.
- Don’t ignore your kids, even if you’reespecially busy. This is their day.
- Don’t just have your child shadow you; make sure they’re engaged.
- Don’t expect the day to go perfectly.
- Don’t let your kids become too hands-on at work. For instance, don’t let them make big decisions, take important calls, or send work-related e-emails.
- Don’t assume your children are comfortable in your office.
- Don’t bring your child to you job if it would be inappropriate, unproductive or unsafe for them.
- Don’t have a bad attitude. It’s important to be positive and have a little fun. Even if you’re having a bad day,don’t let your kids see it.
- Don’t admonish your child in public.
- Don’t force your child to come to work with youif they aren’t interested in your job.
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