Is Your Office Dog-Friendly?

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Do you allow pets to join their owners at work? Chances are, you’ve had an employee or two ask you to consider the policy change. No matter where you stand on the issue of pets, there are benefits to consider.

Reduced Stress

There’s something about a dog that seems to ease an atmosphere in a good way. In recent years, there’s been a rise in therapy dogs at schools and hospitals. Adding a dog or two to your workplace may provide a small amount of stress reliever for your employees. Think about it. If a tired employee spends a few minutes in the morning petting the office dog, chances are he or she will return to work in an improved mood.

Boost in Productivity

While this may not be the case in every situation, owners who are allowed to bring their pets to work typically rate their jobs higher. Pets also bring the necessity of needing to take bathroom breaks throughout the day. Use this to your advantage and encourage employees to take a five minute stretch break. Returning to work refocused is an excellent way to boost productivity.

Can You Make it Work?

Of course, there will always be situations where allowing employees to bring their dogs to work simply won’t work. For example, if you work in a restaurant or medical facility where sterilization is critical, dogs won’t be a great addition.

Further, if you do decide to allow pets in the workplace, you’ll want to adopt a standard policy. Mandating that dogs arrive with all proper immunizations, are healthy, house trained, and friendly, are absolutely necessities.

Making the transition to a pet-friendly office does require an additional set of regulations and practices. But in time, and with the right protocol, your office may be the new home to your employees’ most cherished, four-legged friends.

This article was originally was published on Stephen’s website.

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