Work is for work

James Paxson
Sports Editor
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Children should not be in the workplace
Most parents and families today live in a dual-income based house where both parents work. The question that comes to mind in this situation is what should the parents do with their kids during the workday? In an emergency situation it makes perfect sense for a worker to bring their child to the workplace, but on a typical day, kids at the workplace become a distraction with the production and the wellbeing of coworkers.
According to the Washington Post, former first baseman of the Chicago White Sox Adam Laroche decided to step away from the game of baseball because the White Sox’s organization did not agree with letting his 14-year-old son (Drake) hang out in the clubhouse with his dad. The other players and coaches were uncomfortable with his son being there all the time. The age of 14 is different for all kids on their maturity and ability to keep to themselves, but this is more pointed to the children under ten years old. Children under ten often do not understand the difference between work times and play time. The problems with bringing children to work are endless: they make a mess, they spread germs if they are sick, and they impose a danger to the environment and themselves while requiring constant supervision and entertainment. While it may be exciting to play with and babysit children instead of working, that is not the main priority of the workplace.
Work is a place where disruptions cause controversy because incomplete work can cause the company to fall behind. When children are present, it becomes a moral obligation to watch them and they become a distraction.
A child could also be a liability issue. The rules on work related injuries are that if an injury occurs at work, worker’s compensation will pay for all of the medical expenses. For example, if a worker has medical bills, the bills will most likely be paid off to help the person recover from their work related incident according to The one issue that comes into perspective is that if the incident is caused by a child or if the worker gets hurt watching the child they are not entitled to any compensation and medical bills will have to be paid by the employee.
Children are almost guaranteed to make messes, break items and slow the production of any workplace down to a screeching halt. They often do not listen when they are told no and do not cooperate with the adults that are asked to be in charge of them.
In an emergency situation, it may be acceptable to bring a child to work, but there has to be realizations that work productivity will slow down and the children have to be on their best behavior. Children should be at school, day care, home, with grandparents, baby sitters or any other place where children are welcome to do as children do.