What are companies saying when they let you bring your kids to work?
If you’re lucky enough to have a big family – a multi-generational one, with cousins and aunts and grandparents, that gathers during the holidays a few times a year to catch up and to enjoy each other – you may understand better what it means for a company, on occasion, to let their employees bring their kids into work.
With modern life as it is – sometimes childcare plans go awry. There are days when work is open, but school – is closed.
Some companies are the kind of companies who pretend that this sort of chaos doesn’t happen at home. They’re the kind of companies where people don’t talk too much or too loudly about their children or their partners or their hobbies or their pets, or who they are outside of work – because it seems risky, and not quite on brand. These are places where you can bring most of your whole self to work – but not quite all of it. And in those places you have to handle the panic of childcare falling through silently – as you race to make plans on your own.
And then, there are companies like Loopio.
Loopio is the kind of company, that when things get tough for families – they invite families in. They’re the kind of company that makes space for what employees need, and provides the support to back it up. Loopers are kind and helpful – they’re the type of people who help strangers carry boxes up the stairs. As Alexis MacDonald, Senior Director of People Operations at Loopio puts it – “As a parent, finding childcare at the last minute is incredibly challenging. Camp Loopio was one way we could show up as a family-first employer. And kids were such an infusion of energy in the office, so everybody benefited from it” .
Our company, HELM.life partnered with Loopio to run an on-site Corporate Day Camp last week for a great group of 5-7 year olds who were thrilled to be out of school – and even more thrilled to be at Loopio! And I think that I really saw something special growing there.
It was special because as the kids and HELM.life staff invaded their office – the people at Loopio made space for them. Yes, it was a work day and yes, we did our fair share of quiet camp activities and games – so that all the magic could happen at work. But it was the in-between times that really struck me, and gave me pause.
What was most confusing to me at first – was that the kids seemed to know everyone who worked at Loopio – they would join in around a lunch table or chat to someone playing pool. It took me a little while to realize that the kids didn’t know everyone, rather they were making friends. They were connecting with Loopers who passed by or took a break. And the Loopers were so kind and generous with them – playing, shooting hoops, laughing at kid-jokes – the way that a family does, when people of all different ages are brought together.
It made me realize that when you bring kids into work, it’s not just a back up childcare plan. It changes the dynamic for the day – it opens doors and it builds relationships. It’s a highlight, an inspiration, a lightening of the mood. And it sets the tone for who you are as an organization – and who you want to be.
If you’re looking to build this kind of thoughtful, forward-thinking company – HELM.life would be thrilled to help. More companies like this help us to build a better future together.
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