Magazine article Personnel Journal

A Baby-Friendly Company

Magazine article Personnel Journal

A Baby-Friendly Company

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Ten years ago, three women who were employed at Capsco Sales Inc. in Sunnyvale, California, walked into the president's office and announced their pregnancies. Certainly the president, Billye Ericksen, had to make some adjustments to accommodate these three women who, at the time, represented 10% of the company's work force.

Ericksen thought about hiring a day-care attendant, but insurance issues concerned her. Instead, she instituted a Babies in the Workplace policy. This allows the parents to bring their babies who are six months old or younger to work with them, provided that they take full responsibility for the babies' care.

"More work gets done if the parent comes in with the child than if he or she doesn't come in at all," says Ericksen. "Also, letting the parents bring their babies to work with them allows them to bond with their children." Ericksen brought her own granddaughter to work with her when the child was an infant. This helped the two form a close relationship.

John Giannosa, the manager of the warehouse, brings his daughter, Jessica, with him to work. Ericksen says that having his daughter at work was difficult for Giannosa in the beginning. …

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