You might have heard of Take Our Kids to Work, the annual program where grade 9 students get to accompany their parents into work to see what exactly it is they spend all day doing out there in the world. But what about taking your parents to work? Well, last year on November 6th, LinkedIn created Bring In Your Parents Day as a way for companies all over to introduce parents to the kind of work that their kids do. Locally, Voices.com joined in the cause, hoping to benefit parents and their employees:
Many have faced the dillema- how do you describe your job to your parents when they don’t know anything about the tools you use, your goals, or the skillset required for it? It becomes like trying to explain rocket science to a 17th century farmer. LinkedIn figured the best way to solve this problem is to give parents a hands-on opportunity to understand what their kids do, thus bridging the gap in communication. Parents are filled with wisdom earned over a lifetime, but sometimes it can be tricky to dispense when you’re not sure how it applies to the chosen career of your child.
“It’s the experience of many young professionals in this day and age of having interesting roles, especially those that are tech-centric or based at a startup, that our parents- not our children – don’t know much about. Bring Your Parents to Work is an innovative spin on the typical Bring Your Kids to Work. Parents are invited to visit the cool companies that their adult children work at to learn about what they do, firsthand.”
Voices was one of 30 companies that participated last year, and they’re hoping that many more will join them this year. Why should your company participate? Well, LinkedIn puts it like this: “Employees who feel valued and happy are more productive and the support they receive from parents can play an important part in job satisfaction. That’s difficult when many parents don’t know enough about what their child does, or if they are giving the right advice. You can change this by giving parents the chance to see their greatest work, at work. By bringing parents and employees together in the workplace it gives your staff a chance to say thank you for all of the help they’ve been given so far along the way.”
To learn more about the dynamic workplace that Voices.com will be showcasing to parents tomorrow night, you can visit their careers page.