Does your cat suddenly have plans this Friday? She probably got word about Take Your Dog to Work Day and wouldn’t have been up for the office commute anyway. And don’t get her started on all the inner-office politics – that place is run by dogs. And don’t get her started on all the inner-office politics – that place is run by dogs. Funny, that’s just what your dog was thinking. But he can’t wait to hang out at the water cooler with the office dogs. Take Your Dog to Work Day comes once a year, and he’s still riding the high from last year’s big day at the office.
Not surprisingly, pet people across the country share your dog’s excitement. Pets in the workplace are not only great for employee morale, but help encourage company support for pets in the workplace, and for animal shelters and rescue groups. According to Pet Sitters International (PSI) President Patti Moran, this year’s Take Your Dog To Work Day highlights the bond between dogs and their people with the goal of influencing co-workers without furry friends to bring the joy of pet ownership into their lives and choose to adopt. It’s a perfect opportunity for businesses to partner with local shelters to help increase both awareness and adoptions.
The good news is that since PSI launched Take Your Dog to Work Day in 1999, acceptance of pets in the workplace has taken off. In fact, a 2006 survey from the American Pet Products Association (APPA) showed that nearly one in five companies allowed pets at work. And it gets even better.
Look what else the study found:
- 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 environment.
- 46 million people who bring their pets to the workplace work longer hours.
If that’s not enough to convince your boss to join the thousands of other pet-friendly companies in this petastic event, check out the takeyourdog.com for tips on winning her over. After all, you don’t want to disappoint your fuzzy apprentice. He already tried on his office collar and everything.
See tips on office petiquette, download a business action kit for your company, and get all the facts on Take Your Dog to Work Day.
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Thank you to Matt for the photo.