Radical crusading idea #3: Taking your dog to work!
Some very well-known giants support this – Google, Amazon, Facebook, Zynga, Ben & Jerry’s in the USA to name just a few, Next Model Management, Firebox, CTJT in the UK, as well as many other smaller companies.
Why do so many companies allow, and even encourage, this? There are many good reasons why this is so popular and successful! Apart from the fact that the pooches love it and the owners are far happier to take them rather than leave them for hours on their own, taking your dog to work has considerable benefits for your colleagues and your company!
According to a reed.co.uk survey “almost half of UK workers said they would work better if they had a pet by their side”. As quoted:
Katy Moseley, Director of Public Relations, Next Model Management says “Having dogs in the office definitely brings a calming atmosphere to what can be a very busy place to work”.
Firebox states: “The relationship is mutually beneficial to both Firebox employees and Firebox pets. The pets have a positive impact on the office. They certainly have stress relieving qualities (apart from for their respective owners!), they bring everyone together, and provide almost endless entertainment value”.
As reported in the Independent: The office pooch has been linked to lower stress levels, better team co-operation and increased morale, with studies even showing that people will work longer hours and take fewer days off when they can stroke their stress away…
It is a popular enough trend that Heidi LaFleche, writer for Monster, has a page with tips and advice on how best to do it. Her interviewee, John S Long, PR Coordinator for PetSitters International, the organization which founded Take Your Dog to Work Day, says “Pets in the workplace boost employee morale, increase productivity and can even increase sales,” Long says. “Pets are a great icebreaker at meetings. They help reduce stress. Dogs know if you’re having a bad day. Sometimes it takes a cold nose to warm up the work environment.”
The UK charitable organization for Take Your Dog to Work Day writes: “Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace. Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in the employees that spend the workday with their pets”.
There are also the physical health benefits. Taking the dog for a walk or a play outside gets employees exercising, has a positive impact on blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, obesity… Not only this, the brain gets a break which stimulates lateral thinking and new ideas.
Don’t forget creativity and energy in the workplace – when an environment is more relaxed and seen to be progressive and ‘thinking outside the box’, innovation and creativity boom.
So let’s list the benefits ready for you to prepare your arguments with the boss, so that your company can embrace this growing trend:
- Employees work better
- Calming atmosphere
- Positive impact on the office
- Stress relieving qualities
- Bring everyone together
- Team bonding
- Provide entertainment value
- Better team cooperation
- Increased morale
- People work longer hours
- People take fewer days off
- Increase productivity
- Increase sales
- Stimulate creativity
- Infuse energy
- Lateral thinking
- New ideas, innovation
- ‘Brain breaks’
- Icebreaker at meetings
- Boost happiness of employees
- Better physical health
In my humble opinion, if a boss can’t see, accept and embrace those arguments they need their head examining, but for those whose companies can’t be persuaded to embrace this policy full time, maybe you can campaign to start with the next Take Your Dog to Work Day on Friday 24th June 2016…
P.S. My two beautiful ‘flatties’ are in my office every day, they get walked regularly throughout the day, have quick ‘playtime’ outside and are made a great fuss of by all visiting clients… I wouldn’t have it any other way! 🙂