Even as the economy forces some organizations to cut benefits, it’s prompting others to add one: allowing parents to bring their babies to work.
In just two years, the number of organizations with a babies-at-work benefit has more than doubled to 130, says Carla Moquin, founder and president of the Salt Lake City-based Parenting in the Workplace Institute.
She expects the practice to become common as more parents struggle to pay for infant day care.
Baby fear factor
Small to midsize organizations are more likely to welcome newborns than large companies. It’s easier for them to try it out with one baby to see how it goes without going through a drawn-out policy debate first.
And once they start it, few stop.
“There’s this huge disconnect between what happens and what people expect will happen,” says Moquin. She estimates that nearly all of the employers that try out a babies-at-work benefit initially fear it will create...(register to read more)