Copyright 2007-12 Carla Moquin
Businesses (p. 2)
Babies in the Workplace
Earlier Return to Work
Businesses with baby programs find that employees frequently return to work much earlier as a result of the program, since they can receive a paycheck while still being able to be with their babies. In many cases, employees appreciate the option of continuing their professional lives, and they also enjoy the intellectual stimulation and social network of the workplace.
Increased Employee Retention
Mothers (and fathers) who can participate in a baby program are much more likely to return to work after their baby's birth, and they are also much more likely to stay with the company long-term. These programs create tremendous loyalty and gratitude in parents. They also result in higher retention of employees in general because people feel good about working for a company that offers this sort of program, as well as because many people really enjoy being around babies when they come to work.
Because babies tend to be so highly content in structured baby programs, their presence in the workplace greatly enhances workplace morale. Coworkers and managers love taking "baby breaks" or taking a few minutes for a "baby fix" if they're having a bad day. People find that holding or playing with a happy baby for a few minutes makes them feel calm and content and helps them to deal more effectively with work situations.