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Summertime — and there are kids all over the office

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Question: "I'm sympathetic with employees who have to juggle work with child care responsibilities. I know it's tougher in the summer, when school is out and camp and daycare schedules don't always work out conveniently. But I'm getting tired of children being around the office, even when it's just for a while in the morning and afternoon. It's a constant low-grade distraction. I'd like to create a policy that says "no kids at work, ever." Any suggestions on how to do this?" -- Luke, Vermont


My goodness. Lighten up! When kids come into our office, it's a fun and refreshing change of pace that lasts for just a couple of minutes. As long as the employee shows common courtesy by not having the kids there for hours, I can't imagine why there would be any problem. Put in some earbuds of your mp3 player if their voices/sounds annoy you.

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