Today is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. “On the fourth Thursday of each April, more than 37 million workplaces participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. This year marks the 21st anniversary,” – FORBES. Having been in human resources for 30 years, I have never been involved with any workplace that officially embraces this day. They have not been remotely supportive of the idea, going so far as to make fun of it.
So, it was with total surprise and utter delight that I received an email forwarded from my son, Heath last week announcing his employer’s plans for Bring Your Child to Work Day. Heath works in Asheville, NC for Everyday Health, Inc., headquartered in NY, NY. Everyday Health is an upbeat, cutting edge digital media company that owns websites and produces content relating to health and wellness. But oh, they are so much more. You may have seen their posts on Everyday Health Facebook. If not, like the page. It’s fresh, positive, helpful and HEALTHY!
As an HR professional I continue to be impressed by the stories Heath shares about Everyday Health, how it treats it employees, and its sharp and savvy approach to business. In the email to employees, VP of Partner Operations Amanda Little wrote, “This day is meant to bring your work life alive to your children and give them an opportunity to experience the benefits of being a part of the Everyday Health community as well as provide them with fun and creative activities to keep them entertained.”
Today’s event is coordinated and administered by HR Manager Tina Lope in Asheville and HR Administrator Sara Craun in NYC. Because the Asheville location is mostly comprised of ‘young’ adults, it’s appropriate they tweaked the name to Bring your CHILD to Work Day. Brilliant! That’s how to work with your culture and employee base. Employees were not challenged with how to structure the day. HR requested employees to complete Survey Monkey with input and thoughts. They are ALL IN!
As a working mother/grandmother and knowing Heath and my 4-year old granddaughter, Iris, nothing tickles me more. They will have a blast. It will be a memory-maker and plant seeds that will become deep roots as Iris embraces her future. How I wish I could be a fly on the wall today at Everyday Health. (Photo: Heath & Iris: Pawleys Island, June 2016)
Photo taken: 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Picture frame and plant pot decorating: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Lunch: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Dessert Decorating: 12:30 PM – 1 PM
Dance Party: 1 PM – 1:30 PM
Planting plants: 1:30 PM – 2 PM
Departure: 2 PM
(Photo: Heath & Gwen: Thanksgiving 2016)
As we dive into posts about MILLENNIALS, let’s watch how some of them work and grow with their companies through creative, integrative programs that address life balance and the health and well-being of employees .
Stay tuned for Everyday Health’s Bring Your Child to Work Day follow-up and photographs!
~From the desk of Becky Morlok~
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