Bring Your Parents to Work Day is Next Tuesday

Sep 17, 2013

I’ve heard a lot of things about parents’ involvement in the workplace (mostly involving millennials) over the past few years. Parents coming to job interviews, taking part in work parties and some companies are even providing information packets for employees to bring to their parents and letting them listen in on job offers.

However, I’ll admit when I saw the title of this recent article in the Canadian HR Reporter, I thought it was a joke: “1 in 3 parents don’t understand child’s job: survey”.

I thought, What do you mean they don’t understand their child’s job? Thinking of my 4 and 2 year old, their job is to be a child – go to school, play, ensure that by bedtime their parents are ready to pull all their hair out.

However, the article wasn’t about the small, fun-sized people I’m used to, but about full-grown adult children, essentially – you and me.

You can read the full article here or another one on this topic in the Wall Street Journal here. What they’ll tell you is that there is a new trend. Bring Your Kids to Work Day has a new companion, Bring Your Parents to Work Day.

LinkedIn is offering one, as well as Google and a host of other companies.

The idea is to allow parents to have a better understanding of what their adult children do so they can offer guidance, advice and approval. LinkedIn says it boosts employee morale and engagement.

I don’t know about you, but the idea of having my parents at my desk looking over my shoulder, quizzing my boss or schmoozing with my co-workers at the water cooler makes me feel a little uncomfortable.

No, they don’t understand what I do all day at the office, nor at this point do they care as long as I’m happy and doing well. I also don’t go to them for advice specific to my work. I leave that for my supervisors, colleagues and peers in my industry.

However, according to the Canadian HR Reporter, my parents are becoming the anomaly. In a recent study, 55% of parents said they wanted to learn more about what their child does and more than a third felt like it would be beneficial to their child’s career development if they had a better understanding of their child’s job.

This leaves me with a few questions:

  • Do your parents understand what you do?
  • Do you go to your parents for work advice?
  • Would you want a Bring Your Parents to Work Day at your workplace?

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