Depending on your organization and workplace type (corporation, hospitality, travel, housing, local government and more) and with almost 85 million homes in the US having pets, a pet-friendly policy can have tremendous social, emotional and economic benefits. Here are a few tips for getting started today as the world starts to reopen.
According to a Forbes.com article, dogs are natural conversation starters. Employees are more likely to approach each other when there is a dog present to break the ice. Companies may find, too, that workplace gossip decreases because people would rather talk about their dogs than other employees.
A recent study conducted by Nationwide, in partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), reveals that 90 percent of employees in pet friendly workplaces feel highly connected to their company’s mission; fully engaged with their work; and willing to recommend their employer to others. In contrast, less than 65 percent of employees in non-pet friendly workplaces made the same claims.
When creating your pet friendly program keep in mind that while in business it's often said "It's business not personal." In pet friendly it's business but it's also personal. Words, actions and intentions matter. The pet loving community is large, close knit and well connected on social media. Pet friendly matters.
Pets Living the Dream Study
Test subjects were divided into groups that had a dog around them throughout a group task and those that did not. The groups which had a dog during their tasks showed significantly higher mutual trust, team bonding and intimacy than those that worked without one.
Central Michigan University study
Going by the numbers, employees who had their pets at their workplace showed an 11 percent drop in their stress levels by the end of the workday as compared to a 70 percent spike in stress levels of employees who left their pets at home.
Virginia Commonwealth University
Common question from Millennials during job interviews is can I bring my dog to work. "65% of the time potential candidates are asking if the workplace is pet friendly during interviews"
HR Specialist, Tampa Bay area; Banfield Pet Hospital, Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer study