I know I’m a little late with a reference to “Take Our Kids to Work Day” but I believe the concept is one we should embrace year around. It’s important for us to expose kids to work. Because someday they’re going to enter the workforce and we want them to be prepared.
In career development, that first level – often labeled entry – is where we learn those key attributes of being a good employee. You know, like showing up to work on time, professional behavior expectations, and teamwork. Those skills we take with us to every other job we will ever have.
Activities like “Take Your Kids to Work Day” let young people see those career development behaviors in action. They get to witness first-hand how work happens. Kids might decide they want to be an accountant, sales person, graphic designer, or HR professional based on their exposure to the workplace.
Today’s Time Well Spent from our friends at Kronos is also a good reminder that sometimes an outsider can bring a level of clarity and creativity to the work problems we deal with every day. Not every problem can be solved by an outsider but, there are times when the answer is staring us right in the face and we can’t see it. When we need to refocus, here are a couple of things to consider:
Put the problem aside. I understand this isn’t always possible, but even going out for lunch or a walk around the building, can allow the mind to wander just enough. You can return fresh and ready to refocus.
Brainstorm new ideas. Bring a group together to brainstorm some new thoughts. Creating some diverse ideas could be the breakthrough needed to jump start the project.
As part of our career development, we need to be able to step away and refocus on issues when they occur. But we also need to be prepared to educate young people on what it takes to be successful in today’s work environment. It’s a win for everyone involved.