What do you think? Should parents be able to bring their young babies to work with them?
I took both of my children to work with me when they were infants until 6-9 months depending on child.
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.
I can agree with that.
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