At Schools Financial Credit Union in Sacramento, California, it’s Bring Your Child to Work Day every day… or at least until said child is six months old or starts to crawl. The unique babies-at-work program has been in existence for over fifteen years, and 130 babies have spent their first few months on the job alongside their parents. Since Schools Financial Credit Union employees can’t work from home due to the private information in their transactions, the program is a helpful and family-friendly way to allow parents to return to the workforce without needing to make childcare decisions before they are ready. Although having babies around might not make for the most productive work environment, Lisa Mackay, VP of human resources, has a relaxed and forward thinking perspective, offering, “We know going in the employee is not going to be 100 percent productive. That is just part of the program, and it’s part of the intention of the program. It’s not a problem.” The program has been a wonderful incentive for attracting potential employees hoping to expand their family and has been surprisingly trouble-free in its execution — which leads us to wonder why more companies haven’t adopted this temporary yet very helpful childcare solution. Another interesting trend that the company has noted: while moms are more likely to be the primary caretakers for newborns, nearly 20 percent of the participants in the Schools Financial Credit Union program have been dads.

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