After my daughter Berit was born in 1989 the plan was to work at home for a few weeks and then at six weeks take her to the daycare center in the same building as my office.
However, after two weeks at home, I decided to take Berit to the office. She was an incredibly good baby. She ate and slept and really didn't make a peep. I had the flexibility to make that decision because I owned the company and didn't have to ask permission.
What I remember about that time is how much I enjoyed it. I also loved the idea that I was saving what I thought was astronomical day care costs for a baby who spent her days sleeping. That all changed at six months when Berit woke up and decided she was not a quiet child after all.
Now, 19 years later, it seems taking the baby to work is a new trend. USA Today reports
More than 80 companies across the nation allow babies in the workplace, according to Parenting in the Workplace Institute in Framingham, Mass., which says that number is likely to be low. It's an extreme — and controversial — example of how employers are seeking more ways to help workers strike a balance between work and the rest of their lives.
The number of companies allowing children at work on an occasional basis climbed to 29% last year, up from 22% in 2006, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.