These days, an increasing number of companies around the U.S. are creating dog-friendly policies. This may sound strange to someone who is not used to bringing their furry friends to work, but there are many benefits to working in a dog-friendly office. With dog-friendly policies on the rise, your office could be next to hop on the puppy-filled bandwagon. So, your dream of cruising into work with your pooch in tow could soon become a reality. Sounds amazing, right?
Instant Checkmate, one of the largest people search engines in the world, joined the dog-friendly office trend over three years ago when the company was originally founded. While this organization has recently changed their name to The Control Group, there are still several pups running around their southern California headquarters on any given day. Their policy is testament to the company’s fun and relaxed culture, but it has also had an overwhelmingly positive effect on the well-being of their hardworking team members.
Many researchers have conducted studies on the topic of pet-friendly workplaces, particularly those that are limited to dogs only. Their findings revealed that dog-friendly workplaces offer significant benefits to staff including decreased stress levels and increased productivity. If you’re a dog owner, then surely you’re well aware of the stress that comes with leaving your pooch(es) at home for the day while you’re at work.
Your mind becomes flooded with questions: Are they okay? Are they lonely? Are they tearing apart the sofa? These are just a few concerns that may run through your head during the day, not to mention the fact that as soon as the clock strikes 5pm, you’re rushing home to reunite with your beloved pup. In reality, your dog is probably fine being home all day, but that doesn’t stop you from missing your furry best friend and counting down the minutes until you get to leave work.
That being said, it’s not surprising that employees who enjoy a dog-friendly workplace have shown much lower stress levels, which has a positive effect on their productivity, as well as the overall quality of their work. So, if you’ve ever considered adding a few canine coworkers to your team, then check out Instant Checkmate’s simple guide to creating a dog-friendly workplace!
1. Discuss The Plan With Your Team
If you’re a manager, and you’d like to explore the possibility of implementing a dog-friendly policy, then the first task is to discuss the plan with your employees. This is a great way to gauge your team members’ initial feelings about having dogs in the workplace.
2. Lay Down Some Ground Rules
Once you’ve established your plans to create a dog-friendly workplace, you’ll have to draft the actual policy, which will lay out the rules in writing. The rules may vary from office to office based on several different factors including the dogs’ breed, size, temperament, and whether or not they are spayed/neutered. The key here is to make sure the rules are crystal clear, and that all employees agree to the terms. Have each dog-toting team member sign the policy and keep these documents on file in case you need to reference them at a later date.
3. Dog-Proof The Office
Before you open your doors to your canine co workers, you’ll need to dog-proof your office. This step is pretty similar to baby-proofing a home; you’ll need to make sure there are no exposed wires, choking hazards, etc. By doing this, you’ll rest easy knowing that you are creating a safe environment for your furry friends.
4. Stock Up On Dog Food And Treats
We all know that puppy dog eyes are difficult to ignore, especially when you’re chowing down on some delicious food. Most people can’t help but slip their dog (or someone elses) a piece of their own food, which can have a negative effect on the dog’s health. To avoid falling victim to these infamous puppy dog eyes, you should stock up on dog food and treats so that your office dogs will have their own meals to enjoy (just don’t over-do it on the Greenies).
5. Make Your Policy Clear To New Hires
Once your dog-friendly policy is in full effect, it’s extremely important to make your policy clear to potential new hires. Someone could have an aversion to dogs, or perhaps they are severely allergic. It’s crucial that all new hires are aware of your dog-friendly workplace prior to their start date.
There you have it folks; a simple guide to creating a dog-friendly workplace. Having pups in the office may take a little getting used to, but trust me, you’ll be glad you opened your doors to your four-legged pals.