Friday, May 1, 2015

Parents' Day?

When I entered the locker room of Kieser Training yesterday morning I noticed a boy dressed in a corporate design shirt with a name tag giving a helping hand to one of the training staff. Jokingly I asked him whether he was a new staff member. He replied that he was there because it was parents' day. I said why did you not use the German word Elterntag but he insisted on parents' day.

This is not my back (©Kieser Training)
Back home I looked up Wikipedia and indeed the US celebrates a Parents' Day on the fourth Sunday of every July for recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children. On the other hand the German Elterntage are special days when schools or universities invite the parents of their students to meet the teaching staff and to show them around their facilities.

At Kieser Training none of the two definitions applied. Kieser simply invites its staff to bring along their kids familiarizing them with the work of their parents. The boy was a twelve year old son of a trainer. While returning to me my ID-card in exchange for the padlock I had used on my locker he told me that he would like to work for Kieser once he had finished school.

They start recruiting early at Kieser Training.

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