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LinkedIn inspires national Bring In Your Parents Day

(BUSINESS NEWS) Nope, not your kid. We’re talkin’ mom and pop. Bring In Your Parent Day helps generations to better understand each other, but would YOU take your folks to your office?

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As a kid, one of my favorite days of the year was Bring Your Child to Work Day. This was mainly because I got to miss a full day of school, but it also meant I got to spend a day doing fun activities at my parents’ places of business. It kept me stocked in office supplies too, which was nice.

Although it was neat to see where they went everyday for eight hours, it wasn’t until a few years later that I actually understand what my parents did for a living.

Show and tell, grownup edition

The kids who were just yesterday (it seems) visiting their parents at work are now all of the sudden adults with careers of their own. Since we were brought up in the digital age and our parents (most likely) weren’t, it can be tough explaining what we do for eight hours a day.

LinkedIn initiated Bring In Your Parents Day, where “kids” can bring their parents into their work and show them what they do. “On November 4, 2016 we want to give parents a glimpse into what you really do at work and an opportunity for you to say thank you in return,” LinkedIn announced, making this upcoming Friday its fourth annual BIYPD.

Last year, more than 50 businesses participated by welcoming over 20,000 parents around the world into their workplaces.

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This is all brought on by the fact that one third of parents stated that they are unsure of what exactly their child does at work.

Family matters

Participating businesses give their employees the valued benefit of feeling appreciated. In turn, workers who feel valued by their superiors tend to be more productive, making this day a win for everyone involved.

This is a wonderful opportunity to give insight to one of the most important aspects of a person’s life. And, after they’re provided with a full understanding of what their child does, the parent then has the chance to do what they do best: offer advice.


Staff Writer, Taylor Leddin is a publicist and freelance writer for a number of national outlets. She was featured on Thrive Global as a successful woman in journalism, and is the editor-in-chief of The Tidbit. Taylor resides in Chicago and has a Bachelor in Communication Studies from Illinois State University.

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