Last week at the Piedmont Credit Union Annual Meeting, several of our younger members had a good time learning the basics of saving money. The Money Monkey Super Savers kids club is off to a great start!
One of the young safari explorers in attendance was my four year old nephew, Aiden. After the meeting he was really excited about coming to the credit union to deposit his $5 voucher into his new account! That’s exactly the reaction we were going for. We want kids to be excited about learning wise habits with their money. Well come to find out, Aiden wasn’t just excited about starting his savings account, he thought he was going to get to work at the credit union too. Just like his Uncle Dan! He was expecting a desk with a computer and probably even some business cards! As much as I would love to have a little helper, there are laws regarding child labor.
My family got a laugh from this story but it made me think a little. What if we all approached our jobs (and lives) with as much enthusiasm and excitement as this four year old? How differently would we use our resources of time and money if our imaginations were the most important ingredient to our corporate and personal planning? Perhaps most of us have not exercised our creative muscles as much as we should or could if we are daring enough? I doubt most employers still encourage the old “bring your child to work day”, too many liability issues these days and most places probably value employee productivity over employee family relationships. But I would love to re-visit that concept. Perhaps children might see things that we do at work and think of ways to do them better? It could help the child see what work life is really like and can help shape who they want to be in life. There’s quite a bit of chatter on the Internet about finding ways to appeal to the younger generation which communicates as much via text messages as they do verbally. Maybe we should try to get them more involved in big decisions? Or maybe we should just require all employees to take an afternoon nap like Aiden and re-energize their creative. That sounds good too! Just some Thursday evening thoughts as I try to go back to sleep.