take your dog to work day

Celebrate ‘Take Your Dog to Work’ Day Everyday

June 21 is National Take Your dog to Work Day, a celebration of our canine pals.  Currently, nine percent of U.S. businesses allow pets at work every day.  Take Your Dog to Work Day was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) to celebrate the great companions dogs make and promote their adoptions.  Since 1999, Take Your Dog to Work Day has been celebrated annually on the Friday after Father’s Day.  The day encourages employers to experience the benefits of pets in the workplace for one day to support their dog loving employees.

What is it about dogs at work that create a fun and positive environment?  According to a Virginia Commonwealth University study, having dogs at work increases job satisfaction, lowers stress and boosts employee loyalty. Dogs also remind employees to take breaks keeping them healthy and alert. Plus, the perk alleviates the guilt many people feel about leaving their dogs at home alone all day.

Read on to decide if your workplace is ready to make Take Your Dog to Work day a permanent employee perk.

Pets as a Perk and a Benefit

A wide variety of workplaces now welcome pets at work. They’re doing so because of the benefits for employees and work outcomes. Employees are serious about the perk of having a pet at work according to a dog food survey that noted:

  • Almost one quarter of over 1,000 participants said they’d be more productive with a pet at work.
  • Over one-third would take a pay cut or give up vacation time to have their dog at work each day.
  • Close to half would change jobs or career to work in a pet friendly workplace.

What benefits are pet-friendly workplaces witnessing?

Both studies and anecdotal observations describe reductions in stress levels and increases in job satisfaction.

  • Employers note increased loyalty and employee retention.
  • The workplace becomes more companionable and interactive.
  • Those with pets take regular breaks, a positive health benefit.

Keep the Office Safe and Clean

Provide for employee well-being while assuring pet-friendly provisions by:

  • Requiring pets to be trained, vaccinated, neutered, and able to interact well with other pets and people.
  • Having a pet rest area, exercise space, and cleaning materials for ‘oops’ moments.
  • Requesting each pet parent to provide space in their work station for their animal.
  • Noting common areas that are kept pet-free.

Consider Workplace Contracts

Prior to instituting pet-friendly workplace policies check in with:

  • Lease holders to assure terms accommodate pets.
  • Liability insurers to determine if there are limitations or riders to put in place.
  • Other pet-friendly workplaces for their advice on lessons learned.

Take Your Dog to Work Day is a day to celebrate our furry friends in the office, but many companies are now embracing this perk year-round.  Incorporating Take Your Dog to Work Day into your year-round perk program is beneficial provided you use judgment and create consistent policies.

For more morale boosting perks, check out 5 Office Productivity Boosting Perks