By now, most of you know that Sarah Palin, candidate for vice president, went back to work four days after giving birth. Yet, Palin, Governor of Alaska, supposedly set up a crib for baby Trig in her office. If you could bring your baby to work, would you do it or do you think babies and workplaces don't mix?
WorkItMom.com posed the question and I agree with blogger Robyn Roark's response: "I understand the need to have flexible options for working parents. I believe that the image of corporate America should include on-site childcare, a family-friendly culture, an understanding manager, a flexible work force, and better benefits. But is bringing your baby to work the answer? I don’t think so."
I really think it depends on your workplace, the age of the baby and whether your baby will be supervised. Bringing a baby to the office may work well in small companies where the culture is more informal. But most of the time, co-workers are annoyed when a baby cries or babbles while they are trying to talk shop with a customer.
I think it's much easier -- and more professional -- to work from home with baby. Fortunately, some workplaces are seeing the benefit in allowing that arrangement and more moms are negotiating for it.
If Sarah Palin pulls off bringing her baby to work in the White House, I'll be thoroughly impressed. Maybe she'll even pave the way for it to become more accepted. But can you imagine how foreign heads of states would respond should baby Trig shriek during a call on international trade policy. It all boils down to this question: should babies be allowed in the workplace? And, should dads be able to bring them, too?