Infants in the workplace

Why babies are bouncing in some offices
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/02/2008

A mother hard at work with baby in tow — the image that comes to mind goes back a few generations when infants perched on stooping backs, their alert but quiet faces peering out from behind shawl slings as their moms toiled away in the fields or at the markets.

But a baby in the office, cooing in the corner while mom is trying to rush out a month-end report in the 20 minutes she’s got left before the department heads’ meeting? “It would never work!”

That was the reaction from several female executive members of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) when the idea of letting parents bring infants to work was first pitched, said Brent Roper, director of HR at NAIC, a Kansas City, Mo.-based not-for-profit organization employing about 500 workers.