I don't know about your place of employment, but every year my office hosts "Take Your Child to Work Day."
I have no idea whose brilliant idea this was.
I understand that every parent (well almost, my mother never would have participated in this shit) is exceedingly proud of their spawn and love showing them off to others.
"Look at what I made!!!!! A human!!!!!!"
For those of us who do not have children, don't want them, and don't even particularly like them (i.e. ME), Take Your Child to Work Day is a particularly awful day of punishment and awkwardness.
For those of you who have never had the pleasure of this experience, parents bring their children to work, introduce them around the office like a prize pony, and then let the children run amok like it's a playground.
The initial awkwardness begins during the "introduction" phase. Particularly if the child has not fully mastered language yet. The majority of the time I have no idea what to say to the parents when they introduce their show dog. I mean, child. What I really want to say is something along these lines:
"Hi Suzie! Aren't you cute! Now get out of my cube before you shit your pants or start crying."
Otherwise I just stare at the kid like it's going to bite me any second while making awkward conversation with the parent about their kid's sleeping/eating/pooping schedule. As if I was even actually curious about this information.
Once the introduction phase is over (thank god) it's time for the kids to run around the office "playing" with each other. "Playing" typically means running as fast as they can around the office screaming and yelling at each other. The worst is when they play "hide and seek" and decide to use your cube/office as their hiding place. Then you are saddled with a kid for as long as it takes the other kid to locate him. This could be minutes or an hour depending on the sleuthing skills and intelligence of the other children.
Naturally on this day, no actual work can get done because the office has been turned into a day care and every minute all day long a screaming child can be heard somewhere in the office. Also heard is the endless affirmations to the parents about how cute/smart/tall, etc their kid is. Or the very worst, the baby talk and "cooing" noises that adults feel is necessary when attempting to communicate with a small child.
Basically it's the epitome of egomania.
I have already requested this day as a vacation day.
Do any of you have Take Your Child to Work Day? Like it or hate it?