Aussie kids go to work for the day

  • More than 50 children took part in the most recent Bring Your Kids To Work day
  • Programme highlights relationship between family life and employment
  • Future events planned for Australian school holidays

Children had great fun finding out what their parents and relatives do for a living at a Bring Your Kids To Work day at our Queensland office in Australia.
 
More than 50 youngsters took part in the successful educational but entertaining event held at the Brisbane regional office in April. 
 
Ranging from toddlers to 13-year-olds, young guests occupied the large cafe area and break-out rooms, where they learned about construction by creating giant structures from dowel kits and rubber bands, and taking part in a Lego brick building challenge. 
 
The area was also set up with a series of web stations throughout. A ‘digital engineering experience’ saw the children use interactive screens to explore Google Earth and get close to some life-like dinosaurs using virtual reality glasses, as well as donning the requisite high-vis vest and hard hat for every budding engineer of the future. 
 
With the visits taking place during the Australian school holidays there was also plenty of entertainment on hand, with face-painting, entertainers, movies and party bags on offer.
 
The Brisbane day follows a successful Bring Your Kids to Work day held at the Sydney office earlier this year. The events are part of a programme recognising the invaluable support our hard-working employees get from their families and the important role that plays in making our business successful.
 
Robyn Dallas, Head of Human Capital for Victoria, South Australia and Queensland Region, took her children, eight-year-old Noah and six-year-old Harriet, into the office.
 
“We wanted to make it as fun as possible, but also relevant,” she says. “I wondered if it might get a bit noisy and out of control but it went brilliantly. 
 
“The kids had a fantastic time and it got the whole office buzzing for the day – everyone was walking round with a big smile, even if they hadn’t brought in kids.” 
 
Robyn’s children even attended a senior leadership video conference, the first time balloon animals had featured on that meeting agenda.
 
“I think these occasions give the kids some idea of what we do on a broader scale and shows the company is looking beyond the workplace and really appreciates the importance of family life. Of course, a number of them also went home thinking we get stuck into the Lego kits every day, but we’ll clarify that at another time.”
 
Kids at work days are open not only to parents, but to uncles, aunts, grandparents, foster carers and close family friends, and it is planned to hold them at locations across our Australia hub during school holidays.