Monday, January 7, 2008

Bringing work a baby– Anybody?

Bringing work a baby .

An excellent article in Time.com that talks about, how companies in the USA, are now more open about having the option of babies at their cubicles. Sigh! Being a working mom I am so fond of this new system that would allow Kaju to be right next to me all day, all afternoon and she being taken care of just by me and not by anyone else. This sounds very utopian to me. Does it?

Personally, weighing all pros and cons I feel that it is not a feasible option after all. Some of the commenters do have some valuable points out there.

So all working moms of DMC, what say? Do you guys wish that you have your baby in your cubicle while you work?

20 comments:

bird's eye view said...

Hmm...between blogging checking my email and playing with/ watching Puddi to make sure she doesn't hurt the office nor herself, i could put in a whole...say five minutes of work!

indosungod said...

it is a great idea for sure, but having baby in the cubicle while trying to work is an utopian idea in itself and I can imagine the distraction to others in the office.

I work from home a lot mostly with a sitter who takes care of the baby, even this arrangement requires a lot of discipline when we are in the same house. When I am on the phone is when the baby wants to talk too :). The folks at my office know and don't get annoyed (atleast I'd like to think so). So I am a lot skeptical about this concept.

Asha said...

Doesn't work unless you are the boss of your work place. Work needs 100% attention, with the baby next to you, it's not possible to concentrate!
Hope it doesn't become a trend though.
Imagine getting examined by a doctor when his/her baby hanging around!!:D

Kodi's Mom said...

yes, I would LOVE to have a baby at work.
Except, the work I'll get done will involve diaper changing, entertaining and feeding baby, and taking pictures. if someone is willing to pay me for all that, I would LOVE to do it :)

Dee said...

my company has a 'bring your kid to work' week. I would prefer having my baby with an excellent care taker within my campus rather than my cubicle...since I would not get anything done and will be too busy pampering my kid :)

karmickids said...

Not a great idea according to me. Would spend more time chasing the brat around than getting any work done. And wandering around the office with the brat on the hips does not a professional image make...

IBH said...

BEV, exactly my thoughts...i think work needs dedication..it should be either babyor work....we can not mix both and get confused...neither will you justice to your baby nor the work...so it doesnt work for me...

indosungod: absly! it sounds really appealing at first...mite be mothers who do are doing it best...but a person that am i can not juggle both well...:)it is ok by me but what if it is not ok with my colleagues...?exactly that is what is bothering me.....

IBH said...

Asha- so true....as i commented for BEV's comment...you have to do justice to what you do...if you have ur baby at ur work bay u dont do justice to both ur work and the baby...that is what i feel...

kodi's mom : tee hee....bulls eye....if someone is actually willing to pay me the money that i earn working full time for changing diapers and feeding baby...why not..bring it on :)

IBH said...

dee - :) i mite be ok within the office premises...but not in my bay..:) i would be constantly wondering if she is ok...if she is not hitting the tables..or if she is not pulling any wires...

karmickids - exactly..but you know it is with profession like ours that makes us think whether it is good to have the baby around the work area or not...but look at the women who do farming...who do construction work..they all have their babies tied at their hips..no care taker..no baby sitter..just them and the baby and they do such strenuous jobs with no issues ! just hats off to those women...right?

DR said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MOMS....may this year bring you all lots and lots of good things...

regarding the baby at work post:
I dont like the idea at all..Having A beside me in the cubicle is impossible..I will not be able to work at all![even though he is not a fussy child]

what I would like is a creche near/at work...maybe 5 mins walk from my desk...where he is being taken care of...and I can be there if the need arises anytime!

cheers!
DR

GettingThereNow said...

No - I wouldn't bring my baby to work. Both, work and baby, require full attention and ne'er the twain shall meet!

Some businesses (like my company) are very cusotmer oriented and one cannot afford to have babies shrieking (as they are wont to doing) in the background while the customer service agents are on the phone with customers.

Now, having a daycare for our babies/kids in the same building - THAT is something I will definitely be happy about!

karmickids said...

IBH: Having said that, the brat comes to my office when I need to get in and cannot leave him back home with either the MIL or the mother. I have the luxury of running my own show, so I can waft in and out at my time, with my brat in tow. But even then, with peons deputed to keep him entertained, I manage to put in around an hour of solid work, before his patience wears out...working at home, from the laptop, while he is asleep during the afternoon and night works better. The women in the farms, really, hats off to them. Then there are those who sell stuff in the local trains in Mumbai, with a kid tied in a sling around their waists. Always admired them.

bird's eye view said...

I must admit, though, at my last workplace which was more understanding of quirky behaviour ( advertising agency), once I had to take chubbocks in with me to a meeting because his sitter was ill and mom was out of town and I had a critical client meeting - was stressful trying to sound intelligent and concentrate on the discussion while chubbocks was running around conf. room colouring something and trying to get my attention.

Really, hats off to the constrn workers, farmer's wives and other such.

GettingThereNow said...

Well, not to put down the construction workers and farm workers - they really work very very hard for very little. But there is a vast difference in the amount of attention they (are able to) pay to their kids who accompany them to work and the attention we would pay to our kids should we take them to work with us. There is also a difference in the level of expectations from them and us - no one would mind if their kids ran around or cried at the top of their voices but we would definitely get raised eye brows (and probably a reprimand form the boss) if our kids did the same in front of our clients :D Sad, but true.

Rachel said...

I freelance from home and the only time my toddler is away from home is her 2 hours at school. When she's back, all i get to hear is ma, come and play with me, Ma,tell me a story..and so on..It's only during those two hours that i squeeze in my other chores and a bit of my professional work..I usually end up working in the nights..hmm so getting the child along for work is a no-no for me..

IBH said...

DR- yes thatis exactly i feel all of us now feel...we have arrived at a consensus that it is not a great idea to have your baby in the work bay...:) but yes a creche in the office premesis and that i have the liberty to go and check on her every now and then..that will be most luxurious thing that i would be asking for in my life :)


GTN - yes! spot on! i will never bring my baby home...as i said in the previous comments both of them need their own amount of dedication and i wouldnt be able to juggle it like a professional..so it is better off that kaju is away from me...

IBH said...

Karmickids - yes, i have had to work from home right after the delivery of Kaju....i was not at all able to do justice and was always feeling guilty about the dedication or the lack of it that showed to both my baby and work..so it is either ways we are guilt ridden :)

BEV - my co sister tried taking her toddler to her work place and it was not a nice scene...she had to constantly appologise to people about the disturbance that she was causing..well she was not actually any inconvenience ..the kid was just herself except that the environment was not kid friendly...so yeah! it is not a great idea after all....

IBH said...

GTN - I agree...but like i said..i wouldnt mind a creche that is in the office premesis and that i could run and check on kaju every 3-4 hours....that would be great....u know i was actually reminded of the movie 'Magalir Matrtum' in tamil, directed by Kamalas Hassan that talks about the travails of three working women facing their bosses and how they over come that ( this is a remkae of the famous movie 9 to 5 by Goldie Hawn,Jane fonda)..in that tamil version, Revathi,Urvashi and Rohini sees a paddy field full of women doing their work and that in the near by trees they have made jhula with their sarees and made the babies sleep.....this scene inspires the other three toopen a creche within their office premises.would love to have such things in my office...

rachel - yes it is defly a no-no for me :)

DR said...

ibh:
I REALLY have the luxury of the creche in my office premises (touch wood)...it is a building adjacent to mine..takes exactly 6 mins to walk to his creche from my desk. I dont visit him during working hrs....but its gives me immense comfort and confidence to think that I CAN DO SO!
but I also had years when his creche was 60kms away from my work...it was not good....
but nonetheless, i would still vote against baby-at-work! I would rather not work(if offcourse its not a necessity otherwise)..

someone here said before..its doing justice to none!
I agree.

hey moms, whats the theme for jan?
Cheers,
DR

nish said...

i'm expecting a baby in april... If the baby's really small and sleeps most of the time, it should be ok. I work for a company(in US) where you can bring the baby with you. As long as it is not disrupting to others, i think everyone will be ok. I have never seen anyone doing that but heard of stories of people who have done that. It could be really distracting to the mom though or you must be that disciplined. It is helpful if the company policy allows that becoz in my case i might have to depend on this policy in between grandparents visits to US. It would be good to take the baby to work instead of going through the hassle of finding a good daycare for 3-4 weeks.
- nish