It's Take Your Dog to Work Day!
Companies like Google, Ben & Jerry’s, LifeLearn, and of course, Voyce, have dog-friendly offices all year round, but if your company is toying with the idea of a pet policy, June 26 might be a great day for a test run.
It’s PSI's Take Your Dog to Work Day, an annual event that PSI says celebrates the great companions dogs make and promotes adoptions.
Having dogs in the office isn’t just fun. Studies have shown that:
- Employees who bring their dogs to work experience lower stress levels throughout the day, report higher levels of job satisfaction, and have a more positive perception of their employers.
- Dogs in the workplace are a social catalyst, sparking conversations between coworkers that lead to better communication and higher productivity.
- Employees who bring their dogs are more likely to take short breaks throughout the day, which has been shown to increase creativity and productivity.
- Even customer perceptions are more positive when companies allow dogs at work.
It doesn’t have to be complicated, but having a Dogs at Work Policy helps to make expectations clear so that everyone has a good day. The policy should cover things like:
- The dogs’ required health status, including vaccinations, parasite control, grooming, and so on.
- Expectations around dogs’ behavior, including their energy levels, training, socialization, etc.
- Responsibilities of employees in the care and control of their dogs throughout the day.
- Designated potty areas and clean-up protocols.
If you’re not sure what to cover, check out the TYDTWDay sample Dogs at Work policy for some ideas. They also extensive resources on how to celebrate the day in their Action Pack.
If your day is a roaring success and you’d like to introduce a “dog friendly office policy” there may be more items to take into account – check out Purina’s sample policy and waiver for some ideas.
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