If you were one of the hundreds of thousands of South Africans who spent lockdown working from home, you’ve already had a taste of what it’s like to be able to spend all day with your pets.
Of course, the internet had loads of fun showing off their fluffy new colleagues. During the course of the pandemic, the Instagram page Dogs Working from Home chronicled the lives of some of the world’s professional pups as their owners worked (and goofed off) at home:
But working in your dog’s presence isn’t just fun – science says it’s good for you too!
In 2012, researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University Center for Human-Animal Interaction found that people who brought their pets to work experienced significantly reduced stress levels and heightened productivity.
According to the study, “These [positive] results were consistent across a wide range of departments, from traditional white-collar fields such as sales and marketing to blue-collar sectors such as manufacturing.”
The big dogs are leading the way
Each year the online platform for pet sitters and dog walkers, Rover, ranks the world’s top pet-friendly offices. It’s no surprise that, in 2019, some of the highest ranking companies were also some of the world’s biggest: Uber, Airbnb and Google all featured, while the e-commerce giant Amazon took the cake – or doggy treat – and topped the list due to the incredible dog-friendly benefits they offer the 50,000 employees at their headquarters in Seattle.
Over 6,000 dogs are registered at the campus and can enjoy an on-site dog park, pup water fountains, an entire floor designated as a ‘doggy deck’, along with complimentary poop bags and treats available at each reception area.
If that isn’t enough, the pups even have their own ‘boss’, Woof Pack Manager Lara Hirschfield, who is responsible for planning dog-friendly activities, like Barktoberfest for Halloween. According her, the dog-friendly culture is a major draw for top talent, inspires collaboration, and contributes to the overall culture.
Popping the big question
While your company probably can’t compete with the out-of-this-world benefits offered by one of the world’s biggest companies, you can always scale the concept to fit your unique office situation. Here are a few tips on how to approach your boss to increase your chance of success:
The dark side of a pet-friendly workplace
While bringing your pet to work is great for pup-parents and dog-lovers, there can be some downsides that you should consider before introducing the idea.
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