I am angry and maybe.....resentful???
My boss, a VP in our company, often brings her 13 month old son to work when her childcare arrangements fall apart.This happens frequently; and I often wonder how shes not able to afford childcare.I think shes taking advantage of her position and feels entitled.There is a policy.
“He’ll just sit and play with his toys and sleep,” she says.What she really means is us little people will play with him, interact with him, change him, feed him, keep him from soiling his pricy duds, etc., while she runs around to meetings at 30 min intervals. He’s a cherub, but so are our own kids.
Sometimes she brings one of her older children in, when they miss school, or get out of early.They are really distracting and they make a huge mess and she doesn’t clean up after them, i.e. burning popcorn in the microwave in plastic, and running around the hallways. Basically they run amok and she does NOTcontrol them.They are like props for our office,it ridiculous.
She’s not the only one to use our firm as a childcare center. Many of the male execs do this too, but never as often.It's "cute" for dads to seek emergency childcare.
This perk does not apply to ordinary folk like me. Its a terrible example she’s setting. If I brought my kid in day after day, I’d be filing unemployment in a hurry. My and other coworkers work is suffering because we are 'expected' to keep an eye on her kid. Having a 13-month old at work,even if its not my kid, is difficult. Chasing him and entertaining him while trying to answer emails, phone calls and appear to be a productive employee is exhausting.
What would you do?