The Benefits of Bringing Your Dog to Work
With Take Your Dog to Work Day just around the corner on June 22nd, now is the perfect time to consider the benefits that dogs can bring to a workplace. Today, more and more workplaces are starting to implement dog-friendly polices. Some companies even have doggy playgroups or provide free dog training, walkers, offsite dog sitters, and dog pampering services.
Some people might assume that dogs would only serve as a distraction in the office, but there are many significant benefits to implementing a pet policy. Here are a few of the reasons why having your dog at work with you is a good thing.
Having dogs in the office is known to reduce stress and make employees feel more relaxed. It has been found that those who bring their dogs to work have decreased hormonal stress levels when compared with those who do not bring any pets to work. Those without their dog show steadily increasing levels of stress throughout the workday.
Positive Social Interactions
A pet-friendly workplace tends to lead to increase employee satisfaction, improve morale, and promote an upbeat atmosphere of teamwork and communication. Just make sure that you’ve prepared your dog for the office experience before bringing him or her in.
Bringing your dog to work could be a great financial perk when you consider the cost of doggie day care or dog walking services for those who work long hours or commute long distances every day.
Improving Company Image
Allowing pets in the office will likely boost a customer’s perception of the business. Most customers have a positive response when they are offered a chance to interact with an employee’s pet and leads to positive brand recognition due to more enjoyable interactions. Having dogs in the office also gives the perception of a progressive forward-thinking business.
Working for a pet-friendly businesses normally leads to not minding working long hours as much and have fewer absences. You wouldn’t have to worry about rushing home to let the dog out or give them attention.
Attracting Desirable Candidates
Employee turnover is costly, so companies everywhere are pondering ideas for perks and benefits that will draw loyal employees. Just as female job candidates will at times choose the workplace with the most generous maternity leave and child-care policies, a dog-friendly workplace will work for similar reasons for a desired potential employee.
If you are planning on taking your dog to work this Friday and other days throughout the year, make sure that you have thoroughly prepared your dog for his day at the office and obtained a Canine Liability Insurance policy for your dog. A new environment filled with unfamiliar people (and possibly other dogs) can be overwhelming for your pup, and you want to ensure that no accidents will occur, and that you and your dog will be protected if something does happen.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (407) 865-7477, ext. 101.