Is The Workplace The New Babies R Us?

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Is The Workplace The New Babies R Us?
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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 9:34am

What do you think? Should parents be able to bring their young babies to work with them?

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102774224

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 04-06-2009 - 9:47am
I only see this working for people whose jobs include a private office or for people bringing their infants to work for very brief periods of time (less than 2 hours). I can't imagine trying to contain a fussy, crying infant in a cubicle all day. Now, the idea of on-sight daycare is something I LOVE.
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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 9:49am
It would make more sense to me to give paid maternity and parental leave and provide better daycare options.
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Registered: 06-27-1998
Mon, 04-06-2009 - 10:09am

I took both of my children to work with me when they were infants until 6-9 months depending on child.

PumpkinAngel

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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 10:29am
Yeah, I can't imagine that we're talking about bringing one's child to one's job as a fry cook.
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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 10:41am

1) I think like anything. It is one option for some people. If it works for them, great. It won't work for most people.

2) As much as I love love love NPR, many of its stories have a college educated upper income bias. This is one of them.

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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 10:48am
I agree with both your points.
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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 10:51am
I agree completely...
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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 10:53am
ITA
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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 11:02am

I can agree with that.


PumpkinAngel

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Mon, 04-06-2009 - 11:51am

This is not the solution to our nation's childcare dilemmas. I'd rather see companies investing the time and energy toward decent childcare (on or off-site) that they might otherwise spend promoting a baby-friendly office.


Babies and work don't mix. You're supposed to compartmentalize your life sometimes in order to be efficient in your various roles. I noticed that none of the people NPR spoke to thought it made the company more productive. What they said was that it "reduced turnover" and "increased morale." I'm sure it did, but it did not make the workers more productive or efficient.


And as others have correctly pointed out, babies at work are a white-collar phenomenon. The people who really have the hardest time finding affordable child care--working class or unskilled laborers--have nothing to gain by a policy like this, since it wouldn't be possible at a construction site or if the parent was an orderly at a nursing home, for example.


I did bring my 2nd child to work periodically

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