Did you know that at a growing number of companies, every day is “take your baby to work day?” Why? Because management believes having children on the premises boosts employee morale and encourages moms on maternity leave to come back to work sooner. And because it saves parents big bucks on childcare, it increases employee loyalty and reduces employee turnover.
But can employees really get their job done in a workspace filled with babies, toys, and diaper bags? Critics say they can’t imagine trying to work around crying babies or pretending to be the perfect parent in front of their coworkers. But more than 170 companies have opened their doors to children during work hours and all of them say yes, it’s definitely do-able.
Like one taxicab company we read about. They have a call center that handles 25-thousand bookings a day. And they invited parents to bring in babies and toddlers, who weren’t in preschool yet, for a one-month trial period. And the kids weren’t in another room, or in an on-site daycare center – they were in the cubicle right next to their parent! Each parent was assigned a “buddy” to help out if a kid started crying while mom or dad was in the middle of something that couldn’t wait. At first, productivity suffered. But gradually, everybody got better at multitasking. And the parents learned to get most of their work done while the kids were napping. And before the trial period was over, things were running so smoothly that they permanently allowed babies to come to work.
So, would you like to work at a company that allows babies? If you don’t have kids, does it seem unfair to give parents a special perk?