Manner Monday: Children in the Workplace

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 complicated situation, more than likely you are frazzled, to say the least.  Take a deep breath, slow down, and spend some time with your child; prepare him or her, and explain what is expected and appropriate behavior.  Stop and look them in the eye when you speak to them and explain how you expect them to treat both your workplace and your co-workers with respect.   Just like the library, there are rules.  If they don’t know the rules going into the situation beforehand, they can’t be expected to behave accordingly.

As a co-worker, you may be tempted to offer candy or snacks.  Please check with the parent first, you may be making a difficult situation much worse… you never know how Junior reacts to sugar, things could get ugly – fast.

Manner Monday: Children in the Workplace

Manners and etiquette, it all boils down to making people feel comfortable.  By doing your due diligence to prepare your child for appropriate behavior in your workplace: you will help to make him or her feel comfortable, and you will hopefully help to make your co-workers feel more comfortable about the situation as well.

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Carey Sue Vega is a business and youth etiquette expert. For ten years, she honed her skills with an international audience as Cruise Director for the Norwegian Cruise Line. Vega has been featured in numerous radio and television shows and magazine articles, sharing her etiquette expertise.  She’s also social savvy with social media. Connect with CareySue.

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  1. Kay Stout says

    Playing Devil’s Advocate — there are some jobs where bringing your child to work – – just won’t work — until they are old enough to entertain themselves in a spare office with a computer and/or television – – nook – – kindle – – etc.

    Small children cannot be expected to sit quietly – – play quietly – – for two or more hours in a strange place with few amenities for children.

    Bring your child to work day is a different matter.

    Sooooo – – – back ups to the back ups to the back up babbysitter is the best answer.

    If they child is sick – – and needs to be home with one of the parents – – one of the parents needs to have a flexible job so they can do that. Attorneys due in a court room – – can’t change the court date – – – having a child/children changes everything – -worth the investment – – but still is a game changer unless you make the kind of $$$ so you can have nannies, etc.

  2. CareySue Vega says

    Yes Kay. I agree that you need to have a back up to the back up. Sometimes though when all else fails and you find yourself in that predicament of needing to take your child into the office for even a few short minutes to ‘make something happen’… this will hopefully help to make the situation a bit more enjoyable (and manageable) for all.


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