Those of us lucky enough to work from home or work with pets know that being surrounded by animals during the work day is a definite plus, but most working in corporate America aren’t as lucky. However, Bring your Dog to Work Day will take place on Friday, June 24, and it is a chance to show the working world what they are missing out on.
The only thing between you and your dog and a fun-filled productive day at work is the boss. But don’t worry; we are presenting the ultimate guide to convincing your boss to allow you to bring your dog to work.
All the cool kids are doing it
From Salesforce and GoDaddy to Google, more and more big name companies allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. So if it is good for these giants, it can’t be bad for your company. Want to know who else allows dogs at work? Read more.
Perks for the company
Start the conversation with your boss by showcasing the benefits for the company. Pets in the workplace programs can boost employee morale and help build positive work environments leading to increased productivity. Being a pet-friendly company may even help attract new employees and customers.
Share this little bit of trivia with the boss: 55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to more creativity. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology found going for a walk can boost creative thinking by as much as 60 percent compared to sitting. Furthermore, 37 million Americans believe it improves manager-employee relationships, according to Pet Sitters International quoting a 2006 American Pet Products Association poll.
Employee health benefits & stress reduction
According to studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, owning a pet can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels and increase opportunities for exercise and socialization, both of which have immense health benefits. This certainly translates into the workplace as well. Petting a dog makes people happier. Taking the dog for a walk during break time is a welcome exercise that is hard to come by during an eight-hour day. Happier, healthier employees are more productive.
Assure the boss that your dog won’t be disruptive
Barking every time the phone rings, or jumping up on customers or coworkers are a no-go. Proper behavior is expected of your dog just as professional behavior is expected of your work. Assure your boss that your dog is trained, and well behaved. Bring toys, plan for walks and have a leash ready. Also have a plan in place in case your dog is having an uncooperative day, and can’t stay at work all day.
Ask your coworkers
Make sure your coworkers sign off on the Bring your Dog to Work event. If somebody at work suffers from severe pet allergies or has a serious fear of dogs, it would be inconsiderate to expect them to tolerate your dog in the cubicle next to them. Share your idea with co-workers and survey them on how they feel about it. If they are on board, get approval from the boss and start planning.
Make sure your office is prepared & own the responsibility
If your boss agrees, assure her that you will prepare the office accordingly. Get some treats, find outdoor areas nearby for walking dogs, identify spaces in the office that should be dog-free and make sure you have a solution for minor and major pet messes. If all goes well, a one-day event may turn into a long-term initiative. And even if it doesn’t, taking charge of a program such as this shows your boss you can handle responsibility and you can take charge of projects. There may be a promotion in your future.
About Take your Dog to Work Day
Take your Dog to Work Day was first celebrated in 1999. This year marks the 18th annual event. An estimated 300 businesses participated in the inaugural celebration of Take your Dog to Work Day. Since then, participation has steadily increased with every year. The day was created by Pet Sitters International to celebrate the great companions that dogs make and promote their adoptions. The event encourages employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace for one day to support their local pet community.
Are you taking your dog to work with you on June 24? If yes, please share your photos with us #DogsAtWork, or post them to our Facebook page.