"Nobody puts Baby in the corner"

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"Nobody puts Baby in the corner"

Employers are always looking for ways to retain valued and valuable members of staff and one area under constant review is - and should be - the issue of childcare.

Whilst the Daycare Trust is consulting on the subject of finding affordable and useful childcare, a firm in Tamworth, Officebroker.com, has been trialling, according to the BBC, staff bringing in their babies to work. But the babies aren't in a creche, they're on the mothers laps. The firm was looking for ways to help the large number of its (female) staff just back from maternity leave. The results were mixed and sadly the trial ended.

Interestingly, the allowing of children in the workplace is quite popular in the US where there is no universal maternity pay. US organisation, Parenting in the Workplace, says that 140 US organisations allow babies in the workplace. They've found the results of doing so were largely positive including earlier returns to work, improved loyalty and retention, increased teamwork and cooperation, and increased morale and productivity.

Maybe the solution isn't the babies on laps but a creche partly subsidised by the firm...

This was first published in June 2011

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