Is Pregnancy Contagious?
Does it seem like everyone in your office has caught “it”? Are they starting to drop like flies? Beware, you might catch it too… and we’re not talkin’ the swine flu here….
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Employers across the nation are experiencing baby booms within the office. “The proportion of pregnant women who are in the labor force has been edging higher for most of the past three decades, and trend may be accelerating: 61% of expectant or new mothers were in the labor force in 2008, up from 56% to 57% in the preceding three years, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. For employers, that brings an array of challenges—from scheduling and planning around doctor appointments, childbirth and parental leave, to enlisting co-workers to step up and fill in for new parents.”
Companies, however, that can be flexible, understanding and even extend policies and programs (such as in-office child care, or specialized maternity leave programs) can benefit from the sense of teamwork and loyalty it creates.