One Company Is Encouraging Employees To Bring Their Babies In To Work
Programs like this could change everything for working parents.
New parents often have to face the difficult reality of heading back to work not long after their new baby enters their lives. The 12 weeks of federally mandated maternity leave go by so quickly. Leaving a new baby behind (even with beloved family members) can be upsetting for new moms and dads. But work won’t wait and you can’t bring your baby to work, right?
Well, Hillary Frank, the host and creator of The Longest Shortest Time podcast (from podcast listening service Stitcher, which shares Simplemost’s parent company, the E.W. Scripps Company), found one business in New Hampshire—Badger Healthy Body Care—that’s looking to change that.
Why This Podcast Went Looking For Family-Friendly Companies
Frank became interested in the challenges of the average working mom after having her daughter Sasha. “In my twenties, I MacGyvered my way into an exhilarating career as a freelance radio reporter and producer,” she wrote on her blog The Longest Shortest Time. “I loved the rush of finding a great story, the race to the deadline. Then one day, I looked up at everyone around me. And I thought, Wait a minute. Where are all the moms? Why is nobody here a mom? A few years later, I got pregnant. And I figured out the answer to that question.”
Frank recently decided to take a closer look at working moms and, in a recent podcast, highlighted Badger Healthy Body Care’s family-friendly policies and environment, which includes the innovative Babies at Work program.
How Does The Babies At Work Program… Work?
Through the Babies at Work program, Badger allows parents to apply for the chance to, well, bring their babies to work! If a parent’s request is approved, they can bring their child into the office until he or she is crawling or six months old, whichever comes first.
During this time, Badger pays the parent 30 hours per week, leaving two hours per day open during which parents can attend to their child as needed. An employee can also work from home in order to make up the remaining hours in the normal work week. In the office, however, babies must stay with the parent, or a designated substitute (someone who can attend to the child while the parent is in meetings or taking phone calls), in his or her office.
According to the staff at Badger, so far, the benefits have far outweighed the concerns or inconveniences. “For the parent and child, the benefits include making breastfeeding easier and allowing for the inherent health benefits for both mother and child, enhanced bonding, lessening of daycare costs and more financial stability, great social network and extended-family support for both parent and child, and an easier transition in to off-site child care,” it says on the Badger website.
Check out this video showing how the Babies at Home program works: