When babysitters cancel on parents who work for Redmond Minerals’ corporate office in Heber City, UT, moms and dads tote their preschoolers to work, where the kids have their own room, complete with a PlayStation, beanbag chairs, toys and a futon.
Rather than have employees miss work to take care of their kids when day care closes unexpectedly, Redmond created the playroom eight years ago for a few hundred dollars.
The room isn’t supervised, nor is it a substitute for regular day care, notes Marketing Director Jason Nielsen. Employees have to keep an eye on their kids, which they do by peering through a huge window between the playroom and the office. Parents pitch in with end-of-the-day cleanup.
“It takes effort on the parent’s behalf,” says Nielsen. “People are trying to work, so they have to make sure the kids aren’t running around the office.”
Each week, five to 10 children, usually preschoolers, spend time in the room.
Contact: Jason Nielsen at (800) 367-7258