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The Custom-Fit Workplace: Choose When, Where, and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line by Nanette Fondas, Joan Blades

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Chapter 7. WHEN BABIES GO TO WORK: A Simple Solution to a Common Need

What do you need to get you through your workday? Briefcase? Check. BlackBerry? Check. Baby? Check? Even if you are a parent, the very thought of putting "baby" and "office" together evokes disaster scenes for most people—employers and employees alike. After all, isn't that what all the worry about child care and opting-out and nanny cams hidden in teddy bears is about: the necessary separation of work and family?

The idea of bringing infants to work before they reach the crawling stage still meets resistance from a majority of American companies, in part because of our deeply ingrained ideas of what a proper workplace looks and feels like, and our set ideas of who belongs in ...

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