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Pay to Take Your Kids to Work Day

April 26, 2012

Today is National Take Your Children to Work Day.  Nice concept, except for the fact that not all companies are really that supportive.

My husband actually inquired about taking our kids to his office with him today.  When speaking with HR in his company (which shall remain nameless as we actually need him to continue receiving a paycheck), he was given his options.

Open that wider, sir. The cost is per head to come here.

He could pay x-amount of dollars per kid if he wanted to bring them in.  Yes, you read that right.  He would have to PAY his company money in order to bring his kids in to work with him on National Bring Your Children to Work Day.  Nice, huh?

Then they added in the kicker.  As if having to pay your employer wasn’t bad enough, each parent bringing in kids had to sign up for a time slot to babysit the kids in the office during the day.  In other words, the kids wouldn’t be allowed to actually be WITH their parents at work.  No, they’d be corralled into a childcare room with revolving parent babysitters.

My husband told me he wasn’t signing up for the program after hearing all of that.  I don’t blame him.

Looks like I’ll have them with me at work today instead.  You know, running errands, chauffeuring to activities, folding laundry, and scrubbing toilets.  Since that’s my work everyday, do you think they’ll be excited to get involved and help me since it’s Take Your Kids to Work Day?  I think free child labor trumps paying an employer by far.

Bring Your Child to Work Day? That's called free child labor!

If you’re able to bring your kids to work without literally paying for it, count your lucky stars and thank your HR department.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Kat_RN permalink
    April 26, 2012 10:02 AM

    That’s crazy!

    • April 26, 2012 10:05 AM

      I wholeheartedly agree, Kat!

  2. Jenna Parish permalink
    April 26, 2012 10:17 AM

    That is terrible! Do they not even understand the concept of Take your Child to Work Day as it was intended? To allow your child to learn what you do at “work” all day (even if that does include laundry, toilets and cooking)!!!! Question, do the babysitters in the room with the kids get paid from the money the other parents paid to have their children brought to work? No probably not, huh?

    • April 26, 2012 1:37 PM

      I am anxious to hear what the money went for today. It was more than a lunch and craft amount, but I can’t imagine what that much would go to.

  3. ashleyinnc permalink
    April 26, 2012 6:32 PM

    Seriously? That is ridiculous. Who did you have to pay to take your kids with you to work today? 😉 I cannot believe that the whole original point of this idea clearly seems to have been lost along the way!

    • April 27, 2012 7:09 AM

      I was just saying those exact words to my husband, Ashley. With the kids in one room and the parents in another, the whole point is lost. Ridiculous.

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