The idea of bringing kids to the workplace has been around for decades, and it’s somehow survived amid some stories of kids not behaving well. However, that’s probably been in the minority as most kids are still welcomed in companies, especially when they can be engaged in something interesting. It’s going to depend on if the kids are coming to your workplace to learn or to just spend the day with you. In the former scenario, you’ll need some planning. For the latter scenario, you may need to do even more planning to ensure your kids don’t seek out activities around your office to alleviate boredom.
Planning Out a Child’s Visit to Learn About Your Company
The “Bring Your Child to Work” concept has always been designed to help kids learn about the reality of how companies run. But there’s such a thing as having them miss out on certain tasks without some planning beforehand. That’s why there should be a plan made to demonstrate certain tasks in your workplace so your kids can see them firsthand. Ordinarily, some of those tasks may be done at random times or even at night if your company is a 24-hour operation.
When holding one of these events, make an effort to bring more than just your own kids. It should be a group effort where the child of every worker spends the day at the company headquarters. And don’t be afraid to bring other children that could benefit from learning about what your company does. That might mean bringing neighbors, or even children from shelters to give them a chance to see what it’s like to be a responsible adult.
One of the most important aspects is showing the realities of what really goes on in your work environment. Don’t try to sugarcoat everything, even if you shouldn’t be using adult language when the kids are around. In a busy newspaper office, for instance, you may want to show the reporters on the phone with their leads and let them overhear the discussions. The same could be said in a financial institution, or perhaps even an industrial setting.
Just be sure that your kids wear appropriate clothing for safety if spending the day in an industrial environment.
Planning Out an Individual Child Spending the Day with You
I remember spending some days with my mom in the workplace when she worked as a head secretary for the State Department of Education here in Oregon. While the allowance of this may not be common as much now, it may have to be possible if you couldn’t arrange daycare for your child, or your husband or wife isn’t available at home. What should you do in this scenario to assure your kids stay behaved during the day?
You obviously want to confer with your boss about this in advance, plus making a decision based on the track record of behavior issues your son or daughter might have. Regardless, even ordinarily well-behaved children can end up getting so bored that they start doing things you wouldn’t expect, including raiding desk drawers.
The best plan is to keep them inside an unoccupied cubicle with a door, or perhaps in a meeting room you can monitor off and on. You also want to keep them engaged as much as possible with some kind of activity they can bring with them. Even having a personal tour of the company during your lunch hour or breaks will fill in some time.
Your kids might feel intimidated being in your workplace at first, so keep things as lightweight as possible so they don’t feel like they may do something wrong. If they don’t behave themselves while spending time with you during the day, it’s best not to punish them out in the open where all the employees can see it. This will be traumatic for your child and something they likely won’t forget. It could even affect their views of the workplace in the future.
The important thing is to show the workplace as inviting and one that fulfills rather than being an environment of drudgery just to make a living.