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