Benefits of Allowing Pets in the Office Workplace

pets in the office workplaceIt is becoming a growing workplace strategy to allow employees to allow pets in the office workplace.  In fact, a recent study shows that about 8 percent of workplaces are beginning to allow their employees to bring their pets with them during working hours. That is an increase of 3 percent from the previous couple of years.

Dogs are very special pets that quickly become members of the family from the time they enter the home.  Pet owners often feel some guilt and fear when leaving their dog at home for any length of time. The pet may suffer from separation anxiety while the owner is worried and nervous about the well-being of their furry canine companion. Trekking off to work can leave your dog unattended for many hours, which can be stressful for both you and your pet.

Benefits of pets in the workplace

A few of the benefits in bringing your pet to work include:

  • increased morale
  • less issues with absenteeism
  • more teamwork among the co-workers
  • less stress for the owner and the pet
  • more openness and communication among other animal lovers on the job

A study done by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management found employees who brought their dogs to work had reduced stress throughout the day compared to colleagues without pets. The opportunity also affords for some fresh air breaks when taking the dog for a walk during work hours.

Landlord issues

Employers who decide to become pet-friendly provide many perks for a relaxing work environment.  The concern, though is that not all landlords or property managers share the pet-friendly concept.  Those that are in agreement provide specific rules for pets on the premises such as having a license for the pet, the animal must be up-to-date on all vaccinations and it needs to be confined in a small gated area.  When leaving the office area, the dog must be leashed before walking through corridors and hallways. Make sure to check with your landlord before implementing a pet friendly office policy.

Amenities for the pet-friendly workplace needs to include designated “poop stations” and possible dog runs or play areas for the pets.

Dogs become ecstatic when getting ready “to go to work.” Owners are less stressed, as well when bringing their pets in the office workplace.  A pet policy within the office environment makes for a much happier, more content owner, knowing their dog is present, happy and safe.

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