Parents at work often feel entitled to leave work early now and then to accommodate their kids’ needs. Much to the disgruntlement of their childless coworkers. Aiming to bring the same benefits to the employees left behind is The Office Kid, a New York company that provides an all-purpose work excuse in the form of a fictitious ‘child’.
For just $19.95, childless workers can get their very own ‘kid in a kit’, including a framed picture of a child, original kiddie artwork for cubicle display and a welcome letter with suggested starter excuses. Customers can choose the gender and ethnicity of their child, and optional extras include sports team photos and doctor’s notes on ‘official’ stationery. The Office Kid explains: “No muss, no fuss, just a seemingly tangible excuse to hit the road early for nine holes, sporting events or a ticket to do absolutely nothing.”
Ethical questions notwithstanding, there’s no doubt The Office Kid provides an innovative solution to a perceived inequity that’s long been part of the office world.