By Meredith Ganzman
One Girl Scout council has a very young, new member joining the staff- four-month-old Finley DeRuyter. She is the first baby in the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa “Infants at Work” program.
The initiative allows new parents to bring their babies to work during the first 180 days of their life or until they start crawling. Chelsea, Finley’s mom, says she was nervous at first about juggling her daughter and her responsibilities at work. But it turns out she she’s been very productive.
So far the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa are the only of the country's 112 councils to launch this program. According to the Girl Scouts of the USA, it is not a "national program, pilot, or directive" from the organization. However they applaud their efforts to improve staff work-life balance.
In a statement they said, “As a Movement dedicated to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, Girl Scouts recognizes that work-life balance issues especially impact women in our society, and believes every organization, business, and nonprofit organization should address this topic in a way that works for them.”
The Iowa council says they’re still working out the program’s kinks- like office fussiness. But they have four new staff member babies on the way to learn from soon.