Finally – an office romance that works!Friday, June 26, 2009 is Pet Sitters International Take Your Dog to Work Day®. In fact, it’s the 10th Annual TYDTWDay. You can learn all about it at TakeYourDog.com.
Since most owners would jump at the chance to take Fido along for the daily commute, I’ll toss out some statistics for employers.
Did You Know?
According to a recent survey conducted by The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), nearly one in five companies in the United States allow pets in the workplace. The survey, which polled working Americans 18 years of age and over, showed some strikingly positive opinions towards pets in the workplace:
According to the survey:
- 55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment
- 53 million believe having pets in the workplace decreases absenteeism
- 50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better
- 38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment
- 32 million believe having pets in the workplace decreases smoking in the workplace
- 37 million believe having pets in the workplace helps improve the relationship between managers and their employees
- And, 46 million people who bring their pets to the workplace work longer hours
Ever heard of Replacements, Ltd?
Lots of dog-lovers have! You wouldn’t think that a 415,000 square foot warehouse full of 13 million pieces of breakable china, stoneware, crystal, glassware, and other collectibles would be the best place to take your dog to work. But founder Bob Page, who was already bringing his Dachshund, Ernie, and encouraging his employees to do the same, co-sponsored the first ever Take Your Dog To Work Day back in 1999.
“I have found bringing your dog to work with you can be soothing and relaxing and I encourage my 640 employees to do the same,” said Bob Page, Owner of Replacements, Ltd.
And it’s gotten the company some great recognition, including a featured page in this year’s PSI Business Action Pack. http://www.takeyourdog.com/downloads/09-Business-Action-Pack.pdf
Visit TakeYourDog.com to learn how you can get involved.