Dogs in the Office – Yay or Nay?
California – including Sacramento – is one of the most dog-friendly places in the U.S., and it’s not uncommon to see (well-behaved) pooches in stores, restaurants, and bars around town.
We think this is brought on by a number of factors: progressive/libertarian attitudes, amazing climate, proximity to parks/beaches/mountains… and the fact that many of us don’t have yards and/or live downtown and/or work long hours. So when we’re running around town, we want our furballs with us. Otherwise, what’s the point of having a pet?
But it turns out being dog-friendly may good for your health – and for your company’s bottomline.
- Nearly one in five U.S. employers allow animals in the workplace, and that figure is growing – Google, Zynga, Amazon.com and others are switching to dog-friendly policies.
- Dogs in the office reduce stress and foster friendlier, more collaborative work environments.
- A study by the APPMA found that: 53 million people believe having pets in the workplace decreases absenteeism, 38 million say having pets at work creates a more productive work environment, and 46 million people who bring their pets to the office say they work longer hours.
For more info (and sources to these bullets), check out these articles… Dogs Make Employees More Productive at Work (Inc.com) and Can Your Dog Humanize the Office (NYT) and A Dog in the Office is Good for Business (and for You) (Open Forum).
- Should offices consider dog-friendly policies (for well-behaved, housebroken pets of course)?
- Is your office dog-friendly?
- If so, has it boosted morale?
- What policies have you established to make everyone comfortable?
- Any tips or advice for an office wanting to make the transition?
Please leave comments below!
BONUS: And in case you missed, check out this interview on the Colbert Report on the science of understanding that dogs really want to be with people. Duh. 🙂
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