Friday, April 27, 2012

Take Your/Our Daughter/Son/Gender Nonspecific Child to Work Day

Apparently yesterday was Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Next year Lumpyhead will be within the target age range for this, and for a moment I thought "He would like that" and the next moment I thought "What the hell would I do with him all day?"

I guess some organizations have a program. They assign some junior admin staffer to babysit the children for the day. The poor sucker scrambles to plan workshops and discussions and office tours, then spent yesterday shepherding munchkins around. Today she is furiously trying to catch up from a whole day away from her regular duties.

I was going to say "he or she," but I'm guessing it was a she.

Am I wrong about this? Did you take part? Did your office? Do you know anyone whose company plans activities, without dumping all the work on some already overworked assistant?

My colleague said she used to do it with her kids, but I realized she was just being snarky when she said, "Back then we called them 'Snow Days.'"


De in D.C. said...

I brought my son both last year and this year. My company does a morning program (both years included a magician), stuffs them full of pizza, then has parents bring them back to their desk for the second half of the day. Both times my son basically played on his ipod and read for half a day. I don't think he learned anything other than mom's job is super-lame and she knows a lot about excel.

Violet said...

I don't know of any workplace in NZ that does this. Though it would be handy if I could sometimes brings our daughter to work (e.g. cos it's the school holidays and I don't was to pay for a day of holiday programme).