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Bringing Children to Work? Some Friendly Advice from HR Shield!

February 29th, 2012

It is not often we see children in our place of employment, unless they are simply passing through, someone is visiting, or perhaps an employee’s new baby is being introduced to the staff!  But, for the past 20 years, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work has been providing employers and employees with an annual designated date for sharing your working environment with your children. This year, more than 37 million youth and adults will participate at over 3.5 million workplaces.

The upcoming day is just over a month away, on Thursday, April 26th.  While many employers may feel bring your child to work dayoverwhelmed by the thought of children in the working environment or worried about what distractions it may present, as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work says, “It’s all about teamwork!”

Working together with employees, parents, mentors and educators to help promote the working environment is key to creating a successful community where children look forward to furthering their education, engaging themselves in the working environment, and fulfilling their dreams!

Here are some helpful tips to ensure you have a GREAT and successful day!

  • Recommended ages are 8-18: Unfortunately, younger children may lose interest easily, not fully comprehend what they are being exposed to, or may pose as a distraction to other employees. If an employee would like to bring an especially young child into work, we recommend you honestly assess the situation and perhaps provide an alternative solution for meeting the desired needs—such as an after-hours tour of the office, a weekend visit, or a shortened visit.
  • Revise Schedules if Necessary: If you have deadlines, important meetings or other scenarios that do not quite adhere to having children in the office on April 26th, present alternative dates or designated times to employees wanting to bring their children to work. For example, instead of an entire day, a half day will serve the need, without having to cancel the day entirely.
  • Ensure Your Environment is SAFE: Remember, children are not your employees. They are also not adults. If you work with machinery, or ANYTHING that may be dangerous to an inexperienced child or visitor, it is recommended you limit the amount of space or work they are exposed to, and review your current company policies surrounding workplace safety and compliance. More safety tips can be found by clicking here.
  • Big company? Create a Planning Committee:   Involve different departments and employees at every level of your organization. This will ensure each child gets to see different departments and processes within your company, and also streamlines the process a bit more so that children and parents are not roaming around aimlessly!

For more information, questions, or concerns, feel free to contact one of our HR Consultants at HR Shield.

For more details on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work day on April 26th, visit http://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org/.

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