Is This the End of Take Our Daughters to Work Day?
Yesterday, children across the country skipped school to get a taste of grown-up life at Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Originally named Take Our Daughters to Work Day, the program started 20 years ago to get girls thinking about their careers. Bu tQuartz finds parents just aren’t feeling it like they used to, in many cases because they just don’t like their jobs.
Parents find they want to shield their kids from the disappointments they’ve faced in the working world. According to a Gallup poll, more than a third of workers in America are dissatisfied with the amount of stress they face. Many of those workers aren’t engaged in their jobs because they’re actively seeing new ones. Or, says Quartz, “Many time-pressed parents may feel their kids already see too much of their work, with mom and dad constantly on their smartphones checking email or with the laptop a constant companion at movie night.” Besides, educators have begun chiming in that kids just can’t afford to miss school, not with the pressure from standardized testing. Many Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Facebook followers said their employers had canceled day.
Did your workplace invite employees to bring in their children and learn about your career? Do you think we should still be doing this?