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Office Baby Showers

Office Baby Showers: On the Clock or After Hours?

Babies are something to celebrate, but does that cheer extend to the office? Many working women are thrown a send-off as they head out on maternity leave. Whether the soiree is a luncheon with her close circle of co-workers or cupcakes and sparkling apple cider served in a conference room, the gathering honors the new life and the mama-to-be's entrance into motherhood.

Some employees believe an impending babe is cause for a workplace fete and others question why people who reproduce are rewarded with a get-together on company time. Do you think these parties are appropriate on the clock or best left until after hours?

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 5 years
After hours.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
I chose "on the clock." I think a casual shower at lunch is fine. But it would obviously depend on the workplace.
jenni5 jenni5 5 years
I worked in an investment bank and my group had both of my surprise showers during work hours. We had a small cake and gifts, no games or anything, just a quickie shower (20 min. tops) but it was very nice. There are always a few minutes in a day, doesn't have to be a huge party.
GregS GregS 5 years
We just had 2 showers here for soon to be moms. We had surprise luncheons at noontime with balloons, cake, salads, pizza, luncheon meats and fixings. She was given a gift card from all of us. Several close colleagues of theirs had already given them their personal gifts at different showers.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
I chose "after hours" for the simple reason that I work in an ambulance dispatch center, and everyone at our station should either be out on the streets running calls or in the dispatch center during their shifts. If the party happens in an office, and nobody's missing any urgent work or meetings to attend, it wouldn't be a big deal.
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