Bringing children to work
Is it unprofessional to bring your kids to work?
On rare occasions one might be forced to bring their child or children to work. The nanny might decide not come in on a Monday morning and you have a presentation to prepare at work or any other case. Your choices are limited and you have no one to leave your child with and the best option is to take her to work so that you can at least do some work. There are really those moments where you have no option but to do that.
Tumi isn’t a parent yet and is totally against parents bringing their children to work because she sees them as a disturbance and annoyance. She says that she isn’t saying this because she doesn’t have children, she actually adores children. She has experienced a child that cried and was also running around the office and that irritated her because in her place of work that was the last thing she expected and she wanted to focus on her work. The mother couldn’t control her child and thought having her child run from one office to the next was cute.
I didn’t know of a policy that prevents employees from bringing children into the workplace in the companies I have worked for. I guess it’s like this because you’re not expected to bring your children to work all the time, only in emergency cases. I’ve brought my son to work when I had no other option but I laid down some rules for him that he was not to go into other offices and I kept him busy with books and colouring in projects so that no one feels his presence in the office.
This however might not be case with all employees. Some people have complained that there are colleagues who bring their children to work most times. Even though I am a parent, the one situation I totally disapproved of, was a lady who worked at reception and she brought her baby to wok and put the baby on her back – now I feel that she took things a bit too far – maybe I’m being pedantic or even a hypocrite since some have offices away from reception and I see that as being acceptable.
I feel that bringing your child to work once in a while is acceptable and we need to remember business etiquette as well. Do you choose to miss work or do you bring your children to work? It can be a tough one. Not all companies have childcare facilities at work which might make things easy for employees. There can also be security or insurance risks especially when employees who let their kids roam around the office. If this persists maybe employees can approach their HR department to have it resolved. All I know is that some situations are not controllable you just have no option.
Have you brought your children to work with you? How did you make sure they weren’t a nuisance?
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