Don’t be surprised if you see a few extra kids roaming around your office today; it’s National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day! On April 25, 2019, workplaces around the country are encouraging their employees to bring their kids into the office, giving these children a better idea of what it looks like to be a productive team member at work.
Taking your child to work can have a huge impact on their future goals, as this small glimpse allows them to see, realistically, how a business is run and what they can do to help out. As a local small business, Sipipa is proud to support National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day.
Fun facts about National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day
It was started by Gloria Steinem
The proud feminist started this special day as part of her Ms. Foundation to advocate for inclusion and equality in the workplace.
There’s been a name change.
The day was initially called Take Our Daughters to Work Day, but the name was changed in 2003 to include boys as well.
It’s grown internationally.
National Take Our Daughters to Work Day initially started in New York City. Since it was launched in 1993, the event has grown exponentially and is now celebrated in 14 countries all over the world.
After changing its name, this special day has a new goal.
According to the Ms. Foundation, National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day strives to inspire “girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives. This national, public education program connects what children learn at school with the actual working world. Children learn that a family-friendly work environment is an employer and family issue and not just a woman’s issue.”
How you can make the most out of National Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day
Make a plan.
It’s easy to think of having your child at work as a day of fun, but it’s important to plan out how they will participate in their day and make it count. What do you want your child to take from their time at your workplace? How can you get them involved? What will inspire them to start thinking of their own future career choices?
Talk to your boss.
This day is about getting your child involved in the workplace, but you still have work to do. Before April 25th, talk to your employer about any potential activities your child can get involved in and see if your colleagues also plan on bringing their children into the office.
Set realistic expectations.
It’s important to talk to your child about their career goals and potential interests before forcing them to come to work with you. If they aren’t interested in your line of work, or they don’t plan on getting involved in the activities you’ve set up for them, then it might be best to ask a friend or relative if your child can check out their office instead.
Set ground rules.
Again, this is not a free-for-all day! Make sure your child is ready to come in and learn before you invite them to your office and set some ground rules for the day.