Friday, September 05, 2008
Please Do Not Disturb
Though I work in a very large facility, it can still be rather difficult to find a good spot during then day when I need to, um, "make baby food."
For a while I was using the nursery. It makes sense, that's where I feed her on the weekends anyway. However, the chairs in the nursing room are designed for nursing. Or so I surmise. The top of the chair is angled so that you MUST be looking down at your child at all times. Personally, I find this quite uncomfortable. Even more so when I am not actually holding a baby. So I went looking for a new place to sit.
Most of our classrooms have only kid-sized chairs. Many of the doors are only half-doors and therefore offer limited privacy.
The church has wifi and I tote my laptop with me to answer emails or work on my scheduling, planning or music stuff. After a bit of trial and error, I finally found a good room that is rarely used, has a full door, grown-up chairs to sit in and a table to set my laptop up.
All was going well until one fateful Tuesday.
There I am, minding my own business, typing and pumping away when the door opens. I keep my back to the door and all is safely covered, but nonetheless I was rather startled and hurriedly asked the older gentleman standing in the doorway,
"Can I help you?"
"We have a meeting in here at noon."
I look at my watch. It is 11:45.
"Ok," I say. "I'll be out in just a minute."
He leaves and I turn to quickly finish and start putting all of my equipment away. The door opens again. Ahhh!
"Can you please wait until I come out?" I ask as patiently as possible while being rather frustrated and quite discombobulated.
The door closes again.
As I leave, there are at least three older gentlemen now milling about in the hallway. I hear a rather huffy, "thanks," as I tucked my head down and hurried back to my office.
Honestly, I don't think any of them knew what I was doing in there. Most likely, they just thought I was on my computer taking up their meeting room.
Shortly thereafter, I approached our HR director and asked for a bit of advice. Firstly, there should be a posted sign outside the door for when the room is scheduled to be in use. If I had known of the meeting, I would have chosen another location to lactate.
Secondly, she recommended my making a little sign of my own to post on the door.
If you work with me, you already are aware that I have need of a bit of privacy a couple times a day. Hopefully, if my little sign is displayed it will detract anyone else from just popping in. Hopefully.