Pet-friendly offices have systematically increased in popularity over the past few years, with even industry giants such as Monzo, Ticketmaster and Google joining the list of companies that allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. Now, after more than a year of varying levels of lockdown, pet-friendly offices are expected to become even more commonplace, as more employers are starting to appreciate the benefits of a pet-friendly work space.
Pets in the office can be very beneficial
A pet-friendly office can be of equal benefit to both employees and their pets. Apart from decreasing stress and improving morale, the presence of pets (and dogs in particular) can also improve collaboration and overall productivity. At the same time, inviting pets into the workplace allows them to socialize instead of having to stay home alone. This will not only strengthen the bond between human and animal, but also improve the personal health and wellbeing of the pet.
Most challenges are easy to overcome
When considering making an office pet-friendly, there are a number of challenges that may arise. It is always something of a risk to allow even a well-trained dog into the office, as it is difficult to predict how they will react towards both strange humans and other dogs. Hygiene is another big concern, as the presence of pets can trigger allergies and compromise the general hygiene levels of the office. It is important to only allow housetrained pets into the office, and to make an effort to keep the workspace as clean as possible. Regular vacuuming gets rid of pet hair and dander, while a kit that consists of rubber gloves, small disposal bags, a poop scoop, and antibacterial spray will take care of any ‘accidents’ that may occur.
A pet-friendly office must be safe
In order for an office to be truly pet-friendly, it has to cater to the health, safety, and comfort needs of the animals. A dog-friendly office will ideally provide easy access to food and water, a play area, and somewhere to nap peacefully. The layout of the office will ultimately determine how the pet-focused facilities will be set out. Dog gates can also be used to create safe areas away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the office.
Pet-friendly offices are fast gaining popularity. Not only are they proving to improve employee performance, but they can boost the wellbeing of the pets as well.