Dog Bite Liability: The Benefits of Taking Your Dog to Work
Have you ever wanted to take your dog with you to work? Or maybe you are one of the lucky few who already do work in a dog-friendly office. Of course, employers have a lot to consider when determining if they should allow this, including dog bite liability and other insurance implications. But whether your pooch has accompanied you on the job or not, dogs in the workplace may buffer the impact of stress during the workday for their owners, according to a report published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management.
The report was a result of a survey done of employees who already bring their dogs to work, employees who don’t bring their dogs to work, and employees without pets, all in the areas of stress, job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and support. This report is not the first time that the issue of dogs in the workplace has been brought up. Many career experts and pet lovers over the years have touted the benefits of bringing your canine to work. In addition to reduced stress, bringing your dog to work could create:
Increased Trust and Collaboration. According to a study by Central Michigan University, employees are more trusting and collaborative with one another when a dog is present during group meetings. It turns out that dogs can be mediators, bridge builders, and productivity coaches.
Improved Attendance. Though this benefit doesn’t have scientific proof to back it up, many employees have said that they believe allowing pets in the workplace helps reduce absenteeism. Perhaps this is related to having less of a need to take personal days to relieve stress, since the stress-reliever is right there in the office!
Enhances Overall Wellness: It’s been noted in a few studies that there are huge benefits to having walking meetings with colleagues. When you have a dog who needs to be walked on occasion, it encourages those meetings, which can help creativity, collaboration, teamwork, and employee morale.
So if you don’t already take your pet to work, is it something you can discuss with your boss? Stress is one of the biggest reasons that people get sick and end up missing work, therefore having an animal in the office is an obvious benefit. Of course, it does require responsibility on the owners part. The dog should be well behaved, potty trained, and you should have a dog bite liability insurance policy in place just in case there is an incident.
F.I.D.O., the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc., F.I.D.O., now offers the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O. members only that specializes in Dog Bite Liability Insurance programs that will protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. It does not exclude any breed of dog and starts as low as $75 per dog, per year.