For pet lovers, leaving a dog, cat, bird, or other animal at home during the work day is a sad event. But tomorrow, many employers will let people bring their pets to work on Take Your Dog to Work Day.
This holiday was created by Pet Sitters International, and encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one Friday each summer to support their local pet communities and pet-loving employees. So, grab your coffee and bring your cat, dog, bird, lizard, etc. (despite the title of the Day, many businesses allow diverse pets to come to work) with you to help make your day less stressful and full of increased social engagement among your fellow employees.
Pets in the workplace have benefits like lowering stress levels and increasing job satisfaction. However, if your workplace does not regularly allow pets, here are a few tips that can help you make your case to a superior about making the event a positive experience for everyone:
- Confirm that there are no allergies that will be triggered by the presence of pets.
- Designate a certain number of pets allowed per employee.
- Indicate whether pets are to be allowed in all areas or confined to individual workspace.
- Discourage employees from bringing their animals to work if they have out-of-office meetings or responsibilities that will make it difficult for the employee to care for his or her animals throughout the day.
- Set a list of responsibilities for pet owners and have them agree to it in advance:
- Prevent damage to company property.
- Remove any excess pet hair at the end of each shift.
- Keep toys, food, beds, and pets out of walkways so as not to cause injury or inconvenience to others.
- Clean up after your pet in a timely manner.
- Communicate these policies clearly to all employees – pet owners and non-pet owners alike.
PIJAC believes that with pet ownership comes great responsibility, which means that owners must responsibly care for their animals at home and work. We also must recognize when situations and environments are healthy or unhealthy for them.
Remember that not all jobs and businesses are for all pets, so come prepared with a backup plan just in case. We wish you a happy Take Your Dog to Work Day!