Do Dogs Belong At The Office?
Take Your Dog to Work Day is today, June 21. TYDTWDay® was started back in 1999 by Pet Sitters International as a way to promote pet adoption and celebrate our great companion dogs. I can only guess how few companies were dog friendly in 1999, so this was probably a very novel concept. However, currently 20 percent of U.S. employers allow people to bring their pets to work daily, usually dogs, according to the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA).
Many workers are so devoted to their pets that they’ll only consider taking jobs where they can bring them along. SimplyHired.com is a job searching site that lists job openings of companies that will also allow you to bring along Fido. A poll conducted by Dogster and Simply Hired found that 66 percent of the 150 dog owners surveyed would work longer hours if their dog was with them. And 30 percent would even take a 5 percent pay cut to bring along Fido.
The Economist reported on research from Central Michigan University that shows pets also create a more productive atmosphere for employees. And research by APPMA shows that pet friendly companies see less employee absenteeism as well as a willingness of workers to put in longer hours. It makes sense. If they don’t have to rush home to walk Fido, what’s the hurry?
Barby Abney works in a law office and brings her dog, Millie (Beagle/ Shepherd mix), to work with her every day. She says, “Millie is our unofficial greeter. She helps relax a great many of our clients.”
A few years ago, I interviewed Sounds True owner and founder Tami Simon on TYDTWDay®. She said, “Having dogs in the workplace humanizes the people. They stop to pet the dogs, and pause for beauty. And there is a warmth that comes from having the dogs with us. We are coming together as a community to actualize our lives and have more fulfilling day to day lives. Dogs add to that quality. When people feel part of a community, they are much more likely to enjoy their work.” Watch the video for more of her perspective on why her company is dog-friendly.
Have you ever brought your pet to work? Do you do so regularly? If you don’t have a dog, have your co-workers brought theirs? Do you think dogs belong at the office? Thanks for commenting below and taking our poll.
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