Once upon a time, employers may have scoffed at the idea of allowing staff to bring a pet to work but now new research has shown one fifth of Britain’s workplaces are pet friendly.
Not only are animals more common in the workplace but it would seem they’re having a positive impact on staff. Job site CV-library polled UK office workers and found that over a third of them believed pets in the workplace helped ease stress and even boost their productivity. In addition, almost half wanted to see more employers get on board.
So, if you’re keen to embrace the idea here are our tips for creating the perfect pet friendly workplace…
Create a policy
A policy should outline the requirements of pets and pet owners including responsibility for vaccinations, spaying, licensing and neutering. This should also include an action plan for incidents involving pets at work and outline which indoor and outdoor spaces animals can use.
Consider pet-free zones
Your pooch may be the most important creature in your life but don’t expect colleagues to feel the same way! Fears, allergies and not being able to concentrate are all factors that could mean your pet isn’t welcome in every space at work. Pet-free zones are a good way to control this.
Prepare the space
If you are inviting animals into the workplace then it’s your responsibility to ensure they’re safe and comfortable. Consider using removable pet gates, have toys and treats to hand and, most importantly, remove potentially dangerous items such as cables, human food and electronics.
Set employee guidelines
It’s worth giving staff a checklist before allowing them to bring their pet to work for the well-being of all staff. This should include confirmation that their animal is healthy, has had the relevant vaccinations and is sociable. This will avoid misunderstandings down the line!
Having a pet in the office can be a rewarding and relaxing experience. It can encourage staff to bond, create a more relaxed workplace and improve productivity.