Without getting into a heated debate whether it’s right or wrong, appropriate or inappropriate… sometimes life happens… and if you are a parent, there may be an inopportune time when you have to bring your child(ren) with you to work. This week’s Manner Monday discusses one of the most controversial topics, children in the workplace.
If you find yourself in this difficult circumstance, it’s highly likely that you’re stressed out. Spend some time with your child, take a deep breath, settle down, and explain to him or her what is expected and appropriate behavior. When you speak to them, pause, look them in the eye, and make it clear that you expect them to treat your workplace and your coworkers with respect. There are regulations, just like in the library. You can’t expect them to act appropriately if they don’t know the rules going into the circumstance.
You might be tempted to provide candies or food as a coworker. Please check with the parent first; else, you risk significantly worsening a tough situation. Junior’s sugar sensitivity is unpredictable, so things could quickly turn bad.
Manner Monday: Children in the Workplace
Making others feel at ease is the ultimate goal of manners and etiquette. You will assist your child feel comfortable and, perhaps, you will also help your coworkers feel more at ease about the situation by taking the necessary steps to prepare your child for appropriate behavior at your workplace.