Visitors to Merck Frost's office may, from time to time, see a child or two spinning in a chair or doodling on a parent's desk. That's because employees know that, should their babysitter pull a no-show, it's all right for them to take their children to work.
"We welcome children in the building," says Ms. Graham. "Our belief is that if we support our employees not just at work but also with their family lives, then they're going to be happier and more productive, and they're going to stay."
I think this is a great trend that I hope will catch on with other companies! But I also think that 'Family friendly' policies don't just benefit women, that their implementation is a great and necessary step ahead for fathers as well.
Frightening Workplace Stats from the article (i.e. why we obviously still have a long way to go):
Percentage of top earners in Canada who were women in 2006
Portion of positions held by women in what's considered the "executive pipeline" in 2006
SOURCE: 2006 CATALYST CENSUS; STATISTICS CANADA