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Pets at Work

According to research conducted by Reed, 8% of employees in the UK can take their dogs to work. Google, Amazon, Ben & Jerry’s, Etsy and many other large companies allow employees to bring pets to work. Other pet-related businesses have an even higher percentage of pet-friendly workplaces.

It may seem that allowing pets at work is bowing down to sentimental pet owners. But, research suggests there is a strong benefit of having pets at work.

Brite Recruitment’s Managing Director, Karen, has 3 beagles. On special occasions Karen brings the dogs into the office. It’s great fun to have our four-legged friends with us throughout the working day! Not everyone agrees with having pets at work.

Find out the pros and cons of having pets at work.

 

Should you allow pets at work?

There are arguments for and against having pets at work. At Purina they have carried out research to investigate the benefits pets have on a business. Although it could mean a more enjoyable workplace and upbeat atmosphere, it may not be best to have pets at work.

Pet lovers would jump at the chance to have pets at work. But for those who are not as fond of our furry friends may have some objections. If everyone cannot agree to be happy with pets at work then it would be a good idea to restrict pets at work.

For:

  • Higher levels of employee performance and production – A study suggests that 50% of employees believe their productivity would increase. For the dog owners, they would be able to work longer hours as they wouldn’t have to go home to feed or walk their pets.
  • Pets at work helps to reduce stress – Stroking an animal can decrease stress levels. The action helps to reduces blood pressure. It changes your psychological state into a more relaxed mode. Having a dog to pet will make you feel better.
  • Employees feel relaxed and comfortable - Dogs provide social and emotional support for their humans. The pet gives you cheerful attention regardless of whatever else is going on. They can make us feel better and can improve our well-being.
  • Promotes teamwork and communication – Whether you’re a dog owner or a dog lover, there are benefits to having pets at work. Colleagues who want to greet an owner’s pet will chat with the employee and build a relationship with them. This can help towards creating a great team.
  • Customers have a positive reaction to pets – If your business opens its office to customers then having a pet around could be great. People will warm to your company a lot quicker when there’s a pet at work.
  • Progressive, forward thinking company image – If you have a pet policy that allows employees to bring pets to work then your company will appear very modern. This might be a great recruiting tool for potential employees.

Against:

  • Distraction for both owner and co-workers
  • Employees may have allergies or phobias to pets
  • There may be accidents on the carpet or damage to office furniture
  • Problems with hygiene as the dogs steal food out of office bins
  • Noise complaints because of barking
  • Some dogs may have aggressive behaviour towards other dogs in the office
  • Dog toys could have an annoying squeak
  • Breaks may have to be extended for the pet owners
  • The office building would have to be pet friendly
  • A training programme may be pt in place to ensure the animals behave well during the day
  • Insurance issues for the business from bringing pets to work

 

Bringing a Pet to Work

Should you make your workplace pet friendly?

The decision is up to the company Director. But the opinions of the employees should be considered. A boost in morale and increased interaction could be a fantastic bonus to the business. A third of UK businesses have a pet policy that welcomes pets at work.

There is a lot to consider when issuing a pet policy. Many people believe an office pet can cause distractions, unwanted stress and issues with cleanliness. So, the pet policy should state exactly what is and isn’t allowed in the workplace.

Whatever your thoughts are on the matter, a good working environment is key to job satisfaction. Whether it is through allowing pets at work or working in a job that you are passionate about. Satisfaction should be an important factor to consider when seeking a new job.

Brite Recruitment gains detailed information about the working environments of our clients. We pride ourselves on being able to inform candidates about what they can expect from their new job. This includes the office environments, the team they work in and the ethos of the company.

Unfortunately, a lot of our clients do not issue a pet policy so we can’t promise the presence of an office pet. But we do support some fantastic businesses with exciting working environments!

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Check out Bring Your Pet to Work Day 2019!