Animals in the workplace

Many employers are making their workplaces more pet-friendly in order to attract dog-owners back to the office. But what does research suggest peoples true feelings are?

Research has shown that allowing pets in the workplace can have numerous benefits, including enhanced attraction and recruitment, improved employee retention, enhanced employee health, increased employee productivity, and positive bottom-line results.

Pets in the office can reduce stress among owners and colleagues and bring a sense of companionship and relaxation to the workplace. However, there are also concerns that need to be taken into consideration when allowing pets in the workplace, such as health and safety, property damage, distractions, and religious preferences.

A survey found that the majority of people believed their colleagues had no concerns about having dogs at work and that the main potential problems were a dislike of dogs and cleanliness issues. In order to successfully integrate pets into the workplace, it is important for employers to implement clear guidelines and policies and to ensure that all employees are comfortable with the presence of pets. Additionally, employers should consider providing amenities such as designated pet areas and waste disposal stations to make the experience more enjoyable for both pets and employees.

Overall, while allowing pets in the workplace can bring numerous benefits, it is important for employers to carefully consider all potential issues and to properly plan and execute the integration of pets in order to create a positive and successful experience for all involved.

This article is based on a research piece 'A Dogs Life: what is the evidence on bringing pets to work', authored by Sally Augustin, for WORKTECH Academy. Workplace Futures Group is a Corporate Member of the Academy, which is a global online platform and membership organisation for the future of work and workplace design.