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Corporations’ new message: Leave your daughters at home!

I never quite understood the point of Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. If I was a daughter or son, the last thing I’d want to do is spend time at either of my parents’ jobs. I saw enough of my parents, thank you, I didn’t need to see them during their working hours, too, thank you.

But the taking your kids to work thing certainly grew in popularity over the years. So what if you can’t get any work done with a bunch of kids hanging around all day? So what if you can’t swear at your clients once you hang up the phone? You’re teaching your kids an important lesson.

What, exactly, is that lesson? Who knows? Maybe it’s that work isn’t any fun. ‘Course, kids already know that lesson. It’s called school.

This year, though, it seems as if the big event is being scaled down a bit. At least that’s how this story in the Chicago Tribune presents it.

Turns out the sour economic times are causing a growing number of companies to skimp on the field trips, goodie bags and special events for the wee ones. Instead, companies are providing kids with a tour of all the empty cubicles in mom and dad’s office.

This is Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day 2009. It’s grim enough that I wouldn’t be surprised to see our nation’s children petition for a Leave me at Home Already Day in 2010.

Who exactly is in charge of moving me from cubicle to cubicle?

Who wants to switch cubicles?

Who wants to switch cubicles?

I’ve worked at a publishing company in downtown Chicago for 11 years. In that time, I’ve sat in 12 different cubicles.

There’s always a reason: The bosses want to group all the writers together. Or they want managers in one portion of the floor and flunkies in another section. Or maybe they want all the production designers in one corner and all the sales reps in another.

I can generally count on staying at one cubicle for about five months. Then somebody comes up with a new idea and I’m on the move again.

Because I mostly work from home — I telecommute four days a week — this isn’t too bad. I have it down to one metal tray; That’s all I take with me when I move from cubicle to cubicle. The IT folks take care of the rest.

I wonder, though, who exactly is the person who decides that it’s time for people to sit at different cubicles? Is this just a person who doesn’t have enough to do? Or is this a person who thinks that by moving workers around, they’ll somehow help build morale?

I don’t know. But it can’t be too hard to determine who’s in charge of cubicle switches: Just look for the person who hasn’t moved from his or her own cubicle in 10 years.