'(FORTUNE Small Business) - When four of my top employees told me in one six-week period that they were pregnant, I realized that their good news could spell disaster for my advertising agency, T3.

We had fewer than 25 employees at the time, and the soon-to-be moms were our head of publicity, a media buyer, the manager of print production, and a senior account executive. Each had client and supplier relationships that were vital to our business. Plus, conducting four executive searches at the same time would be costly.

So I decided to try something radical. A few months before they left for maternity leave, I invited the women to bring their babies to work when they returned. From my own experience as a mother of three, I know what a horrible feeling it is to leave your very small baby in the hands of someone else...'

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Should employees be allowed to bring babies to work with them?
`(FORTUNE Small Business) - When four of my top employees told me in one six-week period that they were pregnant, I realized that their good news could spell disaster for my advertising agency, T3.

We had fewer than 25 employees at the time, and the soon-to-be moms were our head of publicity, a media buyer, the manager of print production, and a senior account executive. Each had client and supplier relationships that were vital to our business. Plus, conducting four executive searches at the same time would be costly.

So I decided to try something radical. A few months before they left for maternity leave, I invited the women to bring their babies to work when they returned. From my own experience as a mother of three, I know what a horrible feeling it is to leave your very small baby in the hands of someone else...`

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14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 2:00:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
It depends where they work. If they work in an environment that is unsafe for babies, no. Otherwise, it sounds like a good idea.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 3:46:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
IF the owner is ok with it and it is safe for the kids, it sounds fine.

But if it interferes with the job, its probably not a good idea.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 3:48:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
no; they're being paid to work, not play pick-a-boo.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 3:52:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think it's appropriate..it's certainly going to effect the amount of work the mothers do.

Maybe if the employer had a day care, but not for the mother to care for the baby herself.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 3:53:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
A question like this and people are actually giving serious answers?
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 3:55:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/4/2006 3:53:34 AM Nico_86 wrote:
A question like this and people are actually giving serious answers?

Aren't we meant to?
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 3:57:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd consider this a good set up for comedic responses.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 3:59:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
And yet you're not being funny..go figure.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 4:01:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
No!!!! That's one of the worst ideas I've ever heard.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 4:04:16 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/4/2006 3:59:18 AM sammy wrote:
And yet you're not being funny..go figure.

Nope, I though I'd point it out to people instead.

And your thick head, causing my to explain things to you, really took out any humor that there was.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 4:04:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
thought*
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 4:04:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
and me*
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 4:07:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/4/2006 4:04:29 AM Nico_86 wrote:
thought*

On 6/4/2006 4:04:40 AM Nico_86 wrote:
and me*

Nop that's funny
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 4:09:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nope*

That's the result of sleep deprivation.

And on that note, good night.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 4:10:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
If your employer is fine with and the environment is safe for the child, I suppose.

Although, work and caring for a baby are typically two things that require someone's full attention. It seems to me that if you're attempting to do both at the same time you're selling BOTH short.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 5:50:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Newborns take up ALL of your day. They require 24/7 attention. This might put a bump in the mothers' work schedule. Children around a few months old require a little less time but are still pretty much a full time job in themselves. I really don't see this as a successful venture and the company concerned would most likely end up incorporating a child care centre within the building.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 7:03:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
Hygene could also be an issue.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 10:14:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, of course not. The rest of the employees don't need that distraction.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 10:45:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 6/4/2006 5:50:21 AM OzArcher wrote:
Newborns take up ALL of your day. They require 24/7 attention. This might put a bump in the mothers' work schedule. Children around a few months old require a little less time but are still pretty much a full time job in themselves. I really don't see this as a successful venture and the company concerned would most likely end up incorporating a child care centre within the building.

On 6/4/2006 4:10:04 AM unhailey wrote:
If your employer is fine with and the environment is safe for the child, I suppose. Although, work and caring for a baby are typically two things that require someone's full attention. It seems to me that if you're attempting to do both at the same time you're selling BOTH short.


I agree with both.

14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 12:11:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
no because they need to be able to focus on their work.
14 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Sunday 6/4/06 - 12:54:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, babies are a big distraction and annoyance.
14 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 7/3/06 - 3:36:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
I suppose if the owner is okay with it and the enviroment is baby friendly. I think with most jobs it would compromise the quality or amount of work the mother could do because taking care of a baby is a big job.
14 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Thursday 9/28/06 - 6:46:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. If I brought my kid to work with me, I don't even want to think what I'd be responsible for him destroying.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 2/3/07 - 6:16:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it would be too much of a distraction to anyone working around them.
14 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 2/3/07 - 6:20:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I think they shouldn't be brought to work. It may cause a distraction.

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