Tips on Bringing Your Kids to Work

Bring Your Child To WorkBalancing 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.

Say Thanks

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.

Office Gossip What’s the Harm?

Nothing causes more excitement around the office water cooler than a juicy tidbit of office gossip. It gets everybody hyped up and excited about being in the know about the goings on the lives and careers of their coworkers. However, you might not realize just how harmful office gossip really is for you, your coworkers, and the company you work for. When it comes to office gossip, it’s probably best to bite your tongue and walk away.

  • Gossip Can Damage Your Career – while that little bit of gossip might seem so innocent, it can actually damage your career. Participating in office gossip, or being the subject of it, can cause you to either lose your job or be turned down for promotions. It can also damage your reputation in the industry, making it harder for you to find better positions at other companies.
  • Gossip Kills Office Relationships – When gossip enters the workplace morale drops and relationships are irreparably severed. When your co-worker finds out you’ve been talking about them or associating with a group of gossipers who have, chances are they won’t trust you anymore.
  • Gossip Takes a Toll on Productivity – When people are gossiping, whether around the water cooler or through emails, they aren’t working. Time is money, and productivity is important. Productivity is not only decreased in normal day-to-day operations, but in meetings as well.
  • Gossip Causes Undo Stress – When people are gossiping about someone it can put a strain on them emotionally, which in turn can reflect negatively on their work output. The added stress of knowing people are talking about them can cause them to fall behind in their work or even quit their jobs.
  • Gossip Is Expensive to Your Employer – You might think that gossip is only costly to your employer due to the decrease in productivity, but this is not entirely accurate. Truth be told, the time spent gossiping on company time takes a definite toll on a company’s finances, which sometimes results in office cutbacks and job losses.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are trying to avoid office gossip, but someone is talking to you about someone else, it’s best to talk as little as possible about the situation. Don’t say anything about the person in question that you wouldn’t say to their face, or that you wouldn’t want repeated back to you because chances are, it will be.

Office gossip, although tempting, is one of those things that it’s best to stay away from. It tends to turn toxic quickly, even in the best of working environments. While some might say a little bit of gossip never hurt anyone, the truth is that it’s hurtful, harmful and a complete waste of company time and your time.