Bringing kids to work?

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Bringing kids to work?
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Sat, 01-26-2008 - 8:20pm

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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:52pm
You missed the part where the OP said the arrangement would be ongoing, not just a sometimes thing because other arrangements fell through. Although I am not everybody's employer and don't have the right to fire them from a distance for doing this, I think their actual employers would be totally justified in firing somebody who brought their kid to work all the time just to save on child care costs. Because it is cheating who they work for, who they work with, and any customers involved. And it's also cheating the child who has to be put in an undesirable situation- and in the case of this hotel worker, a possibly unsafe one. Suppose something came up where she had to leave the bedside of her child? Now she's set up a conflict between leaving her dd unsafe because she's sleeping in a more or less public place and doing her job properly. I understand that sometimes plans fall through but that's a pretty hair-raising example of bringing your kid to work.
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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 2:57pm
I think your niece would have been a lot less enthusiastic about it once she actually experienced having a month of her summer vacation morph into being back in school. Maybe she could stand one or two 4 hour days (with a break for recess) of sitting there quietly reading or drawing, but that would get real old real fast. Even a quiet and self-entertaining child of 9 is going to get rather sick of spending a month of her summer sitting in a classroom (even if not actually doing assignments) instead of playing outside (except for that recess).
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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 3:02pm
Even in a very casual office enviroment with a very easy baby, I don't think it's fair to the other workers. It's not fair to them to have to be careful not to wake the sleeping baby with their noise. It's not fair to them to them to have be the ones to get the phone or talk to the customer because the baby is being fed or changed. It's not fair to them to have to do a little more work because mom is busy holding or interacting with the baby. And if she isn't doing those things because she's busy working, it's not fair to the baby. I know it happened and probably no co-worker said boo about it, but I still don't think it's an ok situation even if no coworkers spoke up.
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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 5:19pm

You are making a lot of assumptions without knowing much about her situation. This is a family owned business with few co-workers. It was a situation agreed upon by all the other employees and owners.


You may have a hard time visualizing how it could work, or think that people *must* have felt put out by the situation, but that doesnt mean you are right. There are situations where I could see it being okay, it just depends.


Dj

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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 7:09pm

I remember taking a job as a Director for a small amount of time, but I had a parent that needed me to watch her girls while she stayed with her ill Mother for a week. The 2 girls were able to be in daycare while I was there, but the baby needed to stay in the office with me. It was a week of Hell. That baby needed more attention than I was able to give her. I didn't get anything done that week, but I did get paid very well from the parent for my time, but I felt guilty taking my paycheck for that week of work I had not done.

I can see in some situations it may work out depending on the type of job, what the employees think, what age the child is, etc.

I had even thought for a short amount of time of taking on a Nanny job and taking my Daughter with me, but the more I thought about it I don't think it would have worked. I think someone would have suffered most likely being her.

Trish

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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 8:04pm
I agree.
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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 8:22pm
Wouldnt work at my office. Not a chance. I can't imagine it working in most professional services environments (legal; accounting; etc.) or the like.
I've always had a pipe dream of opening an upscale retail boutique. Still may do it in the next few years. In that setting -- I'd bring my children to work when they werent at school!
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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 9:29pm

This is actually a subject with which I have a bit of experience. I was a teacher,animal care tech.

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Sun, 01-27-2008 - 10:21pm

I work in a mostly male office with men whose wives are mostly SAHM's.

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Mon, 01-28-2008 - 6:45am
I guess it depends on the job. I couldn't bring my girls to the hospital.