The New York Times has reported on a woman who, instead of taking maternity leave, has set up a room for her children next to her office. The paper reports Carla Moquin, the founder of the Parenting in the Workplace Institute, as saying “This has been going on for 15 years in a limited fashion, but in the last two years it’s really taken off.”
Mothers in the US are only entitled to three months unpaid maternity leave, which I can see would encourage women to look at this sort of solution. One business mentioned in the article, “Borshoff, a communications firm in Indianapolis with 40 employees, has a Bring Your Baby to Work program for infants ages 6 weeks to 6 months. The firm pays 80 percent of an employee’s full salary when the child is in the office.” Having reduced pay may be an accurate reflection that parents with a baby in tow will spend less time working, but also reduces the incentive to go through what seems to be a stressful scheme.
For more – and probably better – ideas on how to combine work and family, visit www.familyfriendlyworking.co.uk