Thursday 26th April 2012 – a special day

If you live in the US, today is a special day for sons and daughters…

What a brilliant initiative!  Check the link: www.daughtersandsonstowork.org/

Of course, it’s only one day so all those lucky sons and daughters won’t get the widest of experiences but it’s a brilliant idea nevertheless.

There will doubtless be plenty of people who will resent the idea of “kids” coming into their workplace and distracting them.  But there will also be plenty of people who find themselves to be naturally inspiring and who will encourage young talent.  Even if that sometimes results in the sons and daughters changing their understanding of what work is all about, then that’s a good thing.  We all like to make informed choices and we want our children to have that opportunity too.  This looks like a great initiative!

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2 thoughts on “Thursday 26th April 2012 – a special day

  1. “Take our Daughters and Sons to Work” Day is a great initiative. It introduces kids to what their parents do while they are at work. It also gives parents a sense of pride to be able to demonstrate, “This is the work I do and I’m proud to do it well.”
    The program is a great starting point. With a little effort, many parents can do more…
    Kids learn from observation. They learn by emulation. Include them in other work tasks at home and at work. Work WITH them. They learn quickly that there is a time to play and a time to work. Both are important.
    I have 3 “kids”, all in their 30s now. While they’ve each had their challenges, all are outstanding workers.
    Kids show us who we are. We should show them who they should be…
    Thank you for reminding us that we all need to support the next generation.

  2. Thanks for commenting, Jim.
    Good to hear that it actually is a great initiative in practice, and not just in theory. What I wonder, though, is whether some workplaces become like major tourist attractions on that day, with an overload of visitors? If that happens, then I could imagine it becoming “interesting”, but not entirely representative. I guess it varies according to the type of organisation, the size, the culture etc.
    But either way, it is a worthwhile cause and should be applauded.

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