Is your workplace a little louder today? Maybe you have seen a few (or more than a few) kids running around in the hallways?
The answer is probably “yes,” considering it is National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
This is the day when kids are invited to our respective workplaces to learn from real-life role models in various professions. Designed to be more than a day of shadowing, the day aims to expose kids to what a parent or mentor does during the work day. Although the name infers we bring our own children to work with us, the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation also encourages workplaces and individuals to invite children from “shelters and housing authorities, nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends, and more” to join them for the day.
The idea is to encourage our children to use what they learn in school and give them the opportunity to apply it in the working world. The day aims to shape our future and teach our kids that they are creative and valued.
This day is particularly important to those of us who work in the public sector. National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day can show children more than the tasks we complete each day—it can show them they can have a meaningful career in service to others. It’s critical to teach our youth that many of the services and conveniences that we enjoy as Coloradans are created and managed by those in public service. You can emphasize the impact your work has on children, the homeless, the environment, the financial well-being of residents, and so many other aspects of life that public service touches.
After a full day of work with your children, ask them questions. Include them in a conversation about the work day and get them thinking.
- What did they see today?
- What did they learn?
- Are they excited about the field you work in?
- Did they decide they don’t want to work in your field?
- Would they consider a job in the public sector one day?
- What can they share with their class on Friday?
You may be surprised with their perception of work once they spend the day with you. And you may inspire them to consider public service.