Babies in the Boardroom

By: Teri Okita Email
By: Teri Okita Email

Three-month-old Bella loves lullabies and watching her mommy at work. In a nearby office, six-month-old Anderson bounces the day away. Forget “baby on board”. At the Ken Blanchard companies in Escondido, California, it’s “baby in the boardroom”.

"If we can bring children back with their moms and they can slowly get their productivity up, it’s a win-win."

Debbie Blanchard ran meetings when her son was only five weeks old. The philosophy here: allowing infants in the workplace helps new parents and retains good employees.

"I feel I’ve got this tightest bond with her."

Sales leader Jerry Acuna admits productivity does drop, but commitment to the company jumps.

"It’ll be tough, but at the end of the day, you’re going to go back and say, “I’m so glad I did this”."

Having babies in the workplace is a growing trend in the U-S. Blanchard has been doing it for more than two decades. 35-infants have come to work with their parents.

Critics say these types of programs can cause distractions and animosity among co-workers. At this company, employees must submit a care plan and get approval from superiors.

here’s also the understanding that if an employee raises the issue about the baby being in the workplace, that will be discussed. Babies can stay until they become active. Parents say those precious few months are priceless.


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