Bringing Fido to work is gaining popularity, but are you ready to have canine friends as part of your work day? Pet Sitters International’s 17th annual “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” also known as “Canine Co-Worker Day” is this Friday, June 26th. The event celebrates canine companionship and encourages companies to allow pets in the workplace. At Keeping Your Balance, where we take care of your all your bookkeeping and accounting needs, our remote employees often work next to their canine companions. But it may not be for everyone.
Dog-sitting site Rover.com has highlighted the 12 Top Dog-Friendly Offices in the US while Pet Sitters International offers advice for first-timers, including checking with your office about allergies and other concerns, removing any possible hazards from the workplace, making sure the dog is current on vaccinations, and able to handle the office environment.
First, the pros. Many large companies such as Google, Amazon, Etsy, and Ben & Jerry’s are pro-pets at work. Studies have shown that workers tend to be more productive, efficient, and happier.
- Dogs relieve stress. A 2012 study from Virginia Commonwealth University and Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio showed that employees who took their dogs to work produced lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Workers who didn’t own dogs or take them to work showed increasing levels of nervous tension throughout the day.
- Improved efficiency. Some dog owners worry about their little furry friend, and by not having to rush home to walk or feed their dogs, they can focus more on work with less anxiety. Happier employees with good morale in a friendly atmosphere get more done.
- Appealing perks. In addition to offering an attractive salary, along with good benefits, some companies may find that by being pet-friendly, they may attract the right person. Being open to having pets in the office highlights that the company cares about their employees’ well-being.
Now the cons. Having pooches at work is certainly not for anyone. It doesn’t mean that you’re against dogs, but many small business owners who love their pets have found that their furry friends do not work well in their workspace. It’s also unfair to assume that everyone in your workplace is comfortable with roaming pets, which may cause distractions.
- Not everyone loves dogs. As cute you may find your dog, others may have a negative reaction to seeing a furry friend in the workplace. Not everyone has had a positive experience with dogs and may be fearful of them or outright dislike them.
- Health concerns. Pet allergies can cause health issues for workers who simply can’t physically tolerate furry four-legged friends. When real estate is tight and everyone is tucked in an office together, this can be a major issue.
- Dogs can be a distraction. What if Rover is barking in the background as you’re running a meeting or someone is on a call? Well-behaved dogs are wonderful, but what if someone brought in a dog that knocked things over, ran unwatched down the hallway, or playfully ripped the company’s couch? Ensure that all dogs coming in your office have basic training.
No matter what you decide on your pet policies, establishing clear guidelines is crucial to ensure the safety and comfort of your employees. At KYB, we love helping you with your business, especially with any accounting or bookkeeping needs. Join our accounting in the cloud family! We would love to have a chat with you and see what we can do for you!