Pet-friendly offices are becoming more and more popular nowadays. Although not everybody is on board with having pets roaming around the office, a lot of employees find it to be a great idea. Allowing pets to come to work may be extremely beneficial for workers as well as the boss.
The growing popularity of pet-friendly offices
According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Associations (APPA), almost 20% of U.S. companies allow employees to have their furbabies with them in the office.
Still, according to the same survey, 76% of workers bring a dog to the office while 24% will bring a small pet and 15% of the employees will bring a cat.
Successful companies that allow pets in the workplace
Some of the most successful companies around the world allow pets within their walls. Google, Amazon and Ben & Jerry’s are three of the companies that proud themselves for their family-like work environment. Their friendly work conditions not only allow pets in their office, they hugely encourage it.
At the popular online newspaper The Huffington Post, pets as been allowed since 2011. Lena Auerbuch, HuffPo’s manager of lifestyle communications and partnerships, says that the pet policy sets the mood for the office: comfortable, open and flexible.
Even the BBC presenter Andrew Neil has his own dog, a golden retriever named Miss Molly, with him on his talk show. Miss Molly even curls up on guests’ laps once in a while.
Pet survey: my very first infographic!
Not long ago, I came across this fantastic site, called Canva, that lets us make beautiful infographics, among other things. The site is really easy to use, and I was able to create this infographic below in no time. With this site, you can also create different designs like:
- Facebook covers
- Kindle covers
- Albums covers
- Photo collages
- Social media headers
- Wedding invitations
- And much more
This site provides various canvases that you can customize to your liking. So when I saw this cool pet survey, I decided to embellish it a bit and share it with you. This infographic shows very interesting information about pet-friendly offices.
In it, you’ll find out how office people feel about pets, how stress-level changes when pets are present in the workplace, and more. So without further ado, I present to you my very first infographic.
Benefits of a pet-friendly workplace
Just like it is shown in the infographic above, having furry friends in the workplace has a lot of social and health benefits. Here are some of them:
- Having your pet with you at work means that you don’t worry about him being home alone. Therefore, your productivity increases and you may even be willing to stay later to finish a project you are working on.
- Bringing your pet to work can help lower your stress level. According to the 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University study, workers are known to have lower cortisol level, which is the hormone used when we are stressed. Just like it is stated in the infographic, the study also says that people stress level scores at 11% when they bring their pet to work compared to 70% when they don’t.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies, having your pet at the workplace isn’t only good for your stress level, but it is also known to help lower your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels. It also increases your chance of exercising, socializing and going outside for a walk on your lunch hour. This can help boost your creativity by improving mental health.
- Having pets in the workplace can help keep employees’ spirits high and can help have better relationships between coworkers. The presence of pets in the workplace brings a sense of community, and this can lead to more trust, resulting in greater collaboration among employees.
Naturally, not everybody is on board with the pet-friendly workplace because of several reasons. Some people may be allergic to animals, and some people aren’t comfortable around them. There is also the fact that some pets can’t be around humans. Pets should be healthy, well-behaved and trained.
- Some ground rules should be put in place in advance before allowing pets to come into the office.
- If possible, a “pet free” zone should be arranged for those who can’t be around animals.
- Offer the basic necessities for pets like litter boxes for cats, water, food, and treats as well as a predetermined schedule to bring the pets outside.
Over to you
Would you be happy to be able to bring your pet to work? Maybe you are already allowed and go to work with your furbaby every day? If so, please share your experience with us in the comment box below. I am sure that the other readers would like to hear your thoughts as much as I would like to! Either way, please share your thoughts with us.