Pets in the Office
Here is Ace the Sheltie, with a big heart and a lot of fur.
He is my office companion (my office is my living room most days). My workspace may not be a typical one, even though mobile work is increasing day by day. But you don’t have to work at home to enjoy time with your pet during the daylight hours. Many types of office environments benefit from having a pet at work.
Even though I have more to add to my daily schedule because of the required walks and pats on the head, having a furry critter around keeps me sane! Pets at work won’t critique your proposal, email you all day, and they won’t take credit for your work. They are an unofficial coworker that has nothing else to do but keep you happy and serene.
Here are the facts (thanks to the American Humane Society):
- Staff morale and worker productivity increased by bringing pets to work
- Increased camaraderie among employees
- Happier employees result in enhanced job performance
- Increase in sales reported by store owners who take their dogs to work
- Dogs serve as a crime deterrent
Via Bloomberg Business Week “A 2008 American Pet Products Association survey found that 17 percent of U.S. businesses allowed employees to bring their pets into the office” and “according to a recent study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, office dogs lower employees’ stress levels and increase job satisfaction”.
Many companies such as Meetup, Etsy, The Onion, Google, Amazon and Tumblr embrace the idea of a pet friendly office.
Even though many companies embrace a dog-friendly environment, there are pros and cons.
- Eager companion
- Forces you to take a break
- Improves mood
- Increases productivity
- Lowers stress levels
- Creates a stronger company culture
- Some clients may not like dogs
- Disruptive behavior
- Accidents on the new office floor (ewwww)
- You have too much work and don’t have time to take care of a dog
Either way, you have to take careful consideration when you want to allow dogs at the office. Have a team meeting before you bring Fido to work unannounced. And make sure you have the ability to care for an animal at work.
There is a website that celebrates dogs and adoption by promoting “Take Your Dog to Work Day” (the next day is June 23rd). Give it a test run and see how you like having a dog (or multiple) in the office!