Take Your Child to Work Day (or just show them off!)

It’s always exciting to hear the pitter patter of little feet throughout the Graco building.  We had many little visitors during Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day last week.  Employees got to bring their children to experience the magic that happens here at Graco every day! 

Sure, we think we’re engineering and designing breakthrough products, but how would the children describe what their parents do here?  I conducted some interviews to find out:

Question: What did you learn today with your Mommy/Daddy at work?

 “Slinkies don’t go down stairs.”  and (POP!) “Plastic bubbles (from packaging) are fun to pop!”  Craig Desrosiers (Lead Engineer)’s son, age 5, learned two important lesson in physics, focusing on motion and sound. 

Question: What does your Mommy/Daddy do here at Graco?

 “Daddy chatters, spies on people, and goes to a lot of meetings”, observes Mike Halak (General Manager, North America)’s 8 year old daughter.  (Spies?  Oh, she means those focus groups- don’t worry – all of the parents involved know we are intently listening behind the glass! )

Other insights included “talks on the phone,” and “plays” on the computer.  
We managed to harness all of this creative energy around the building by transforming a conference room into a carnival of games and treats.

We also identified some future talent for the fashion and design department! (see for yourself) All in all, everyone had a great time.

And what does this day mean for those who don’t work in a corporate office setting? Beth F. from the NYC Moms Blog had an adorable idea….a trip to the zoo!  (After all, how much fun can kids really have with staplers and paper clips before some serious damage is done?)


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5 Responses to “Take Your Child to Work Day (or just show them off!)”

  1. Stephanie May 2, 2008 at 5:43 pm #

    Thanks for the sneak peek into life at Graco…from the perspective of kids!

  2. Christine May 2, 2008 at 6:23 pm #

    How fun!

  3. Nell@CasualFridayEveryday.com May 2, 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    Such a fun post! I get to take my kids to work everyday since I work from home. hee

  4. Cate O'Malley May 5, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    LOL, love the “Daddy spies on people.”

  5. Christina May 15, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    Graco sounds like a great place to work? Are you hiring? I am trained in spying, I raised teenagers, lol. That was a great comment. Keep up the great work.