I recently read a press release in which Alliance Credit Union was touting a new benefit for their employees: babies at work!
Alliance Team Members will be allowed to bring their babies to work and give greater attention to their care during the months when important little milestones begin happening—the first smile, the hesitant reach for a loving hand, all the once-in-a-lifetime events that happen with a growing baby that working mothers and fathers often miss while they’re in the workplace.
As a mom of a baby, I will tell you that I hate this idea!!
When my firstborn was an infant, returning to work was challenging for me. It was hard emotionally (I fought back tears whenever anyone asked about motherhood) and physically (I pumped daily in an electrical supply closet to provide ample breast milk) but I did what many moms do.
As an employee, I often still struggle to remember my professionalism throughout the day and not turn into a blubbering idiot when a colleague talks about his or her children. As an experienced engineer and project manager, I want to be known for my brain and not simply as the girl who has to leave early to be there for preschool pickup.
All that being said, I believe I would have fared worse in many ways if my babies were allowed at the office with me. Having to bounce and shush my way through a meeting is no way to build my reputation as a professional. I have a hard enough time with the water cooler conversations without actually juggling a crying baby on my hip. And while the pump’s an inconvenience, at least it doesn’t cry or vomit on me.
Of course I believe in family-friendly policies. I would adore on-site childcare that doesn’t cause me to fragment myself into worker-Heather and mommy-Heather at the same time. The situation I imagine is one in which my employer and my baby are both shortchanged and I would go nuts trying to please everyone at once.
BabiesatWork.org is tracking companies that provide baby-friendly workplaces. They are up to 171 participating workplaces.
Obviously, some very well-meaning people think this is a terrific policy. What do you think?
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