Pet-friendly workplaces are becoming increasingly common in today’s business culture. Google, Amazon, Ben & Jerry’s and Etsy are just some of the large companies that allow their employees to bring pets to work. I work for a company called VioVet and we have 5 office dogs that are brought in throughout the week.
Having pets in the office is associated with many benefits, these include:
Stress Relief. Having dogs in the office reduces stress and makes employees feel more relaxed and comfortable.
Promotes Positive Interactions. A pet-friendly workplace tends to increase employee satisfaction and to improve morale. Pets are also a point of common interest that can help to promote an atmosphere of teamwork and communication.
Eliminates Dog Care Costs. Allowing owners to bring their dogs to work also provides a significant financial benefit – it eliminates the additional costs of doggie daycare or dog walking services for employees who work long hours or commute a significant distance from their home each day.
Improves Company Image. Allowing pets in the office can boost a customer’s perception of the business. Most customers have a positive reaction when they are able to interact with an employee’s pet, and it can help them to relax and enjoy their visit to the business. Having dogs in the office also tends to soften the company’s image and make a business seem more progressive and forward thinking.
Decreases Employee Turnover. Allowing dogs in the office is an attractive feature for employees who are animal owners, and this can be a great recruiting tool for potential hires.
Increases Employee Performance. Employees of pet-friendly businesses tend to work longer hours and have fewer absences. They don’t have to worry about rushing home to let the dog out or staying at home to watch a pet that may be feeling under the weather.
Does your employer allow pets in the office? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts!
**National Bring Your Dog to Work Day Friday 22nd June 2018!**
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