Governor LePage has talked up this day for months, telling Mainers that it would empower the young females of Maine, and send out a positive, supportive message to girls throughout the state.
This Modern Philosopher can only report on what he saw at his place of work today, but I can tell you that I wasn’t a huge fan of the day by the time I clocked out at 5:00. As one of the very few people in my office without a daughter, I was one of only a handful of adults at work today.
At first, it was a hoot. My “coworkers” for the day ranged in age from 5 – 17. It was cute watching the littlest ones climb up into the oversized office chairs and fiddle with the complicated phones on the desks. It was funny listening to them talk on the phone and try to pronounce some of the complex, tongue tying, medical terminology that is part of the job. It was adorable watching their eyes light up with joy when they made multiple copies of their hands and faces on the photocopier.
After a few hours, however, it became obvious that the only actual work that was going to get done was by the “real”employees. Those kids had no clue how to do handle the job. They allowed angry callers to rattle them to the point where they broke down and cried. Some of them didn’t know how to tell time, so they set up appointments at such hours as “thirty-two o’clock”. Even the more computer savvy daughters didn’t know the passwords to get onto the various websites we use, or have the knowledge to run the reports needed to finish a task.
Of course, once nap time hit, three quarters of our temporary workforce was useless. The ones who were too old for naps, spent their time texting, surfing the internet, and calling other companies for higher paying jobs. It was a total disaster!
I wound up having to do much more work than usual, and was a frazzled mess by the end of the day. I don’t think our customers were too pleased, but they should have realized what today was and waited until tomorrow to call. Maybe they just had too much time on their hands, though, because they had sent their daughters to work in their place and then didn’t know what to do with themselves all day…
My sources in Governor LePage’s office were unable to comment because they were not at work. I tried to get information out of their daughters, but the poor kids didn’t seem to have a clue what I was asking when they finally figured out how to answer the phone and take my call.
I am a huge supporter of “Bring Your Daughter To Work Day”, but I don’t think I’ll be demanding that this little experiment has a sequel in 2014.
What do you think, Modern Philosophers? Am I being a little harsh because I got stuck doing all of the work today? Don’t child labor laws protect all of us (adults and children) from this sort of work experience? In case this does get scheduled again for next year, does anyone have a daughter I can send to work in my place?
I look forward to your comments, and since I don’t have a daughter to put to work replying to them, I will answer all of them myself…