Balancing a profession with being a Mom/Dad is not always an easy thing to carry out, but most of us manage successfully (at the very least, most of the time!). You may have the best routine developed, with a fantastic work/life balance and outstanding childcare in place but, as we all know, occasionally life just doesn’t work like that. It’s never ideal to have to bring your little one into work with you, but if your childcare falls through or you have an emergency and there’s no other option, how do you make it work?
Give Your Boss Advance Warning
Not only should you let your boss know beforehand that you have to bring your kid into work with you, you should make sure that it is OK to do it. It may be encouraged on ‘Bring your child to your job’ days, but don’t just assume that any other time is just fine.
Be sure Your Kid is Occupied
It might seem a self evident detail, but whatever your child’s age they’re unlikely enjoy sitting silently in the corner watching Mom/Dad do their work, and boredom can lead to naughty behavior. If your child is old enough, giving them a simple job to do like photocopying will keep them busy and happy.
Consider Your Associates
Your associates may coo over pictures of little Cindy, but that doesn’t mean that they’ll be happy to babysit him when they’re trying to work. Try to keep your kid’s noise levels to a minimum, and don’t allow them to run around your work environment annoying everyone there. Sticky fingers on important documents and barnyard impressions in the background of a important teleconference are sure to wear your co-workers’ intestinal fortitude very thin.
Don’t Stay Long
If you are bringing your youngster into work on little warning, then it’s obviously because you have had no option in lieu of because you just thought it would be a neat way to spend the working day. This indicates it may not be as simple as limiting their period there to a few hours. Having said that, if you try to arrange for a substitute as quickly as feasible, your associates and your supervisor will appreciate it. This may include calling around to family and close friends to try to find someone to pick your child up as quickly as they can, or bargaining with your manager to leave early.
Is bringing your child to work an ideal situation? Not every place of work will allow employees to bring their kids into work, so cherish the fact that yours does and show appreciation to your boss and co-workers.