The pitter patter of little paws will be heard throughout dog-friendly workplaces on Friday, June 20 when Pet Sitters International’s 16th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day® is celebrated around the world. Top Dogs and Canine Executive Officers (CEOs) will be out in force.
PSI created the day in 1999 to celebrate the great companions dogs make and encourage their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies. The way PSI sees it, non-pet parents will see the special bond their co-workers have with their pets and be encouraged to adopt a new best friend of their own.
It’s hard to know just how many dog-friendly workplaces there are but it is safe to say there are a whole lot more now than the 300 estimated businesses that took part in the inaugural TYDTWDay.
Employers realize the benefits of a dog-friendly workplace. A Virginia Commonwealth University study showed that a dog-friendly workplace reduces stress and makes the job more satisfying for other employees. Plus, pet parents may stay later at work if their four-legged friend is under their desk instead of at home alone waiting to be walked.
Dog-friendly workplaces are so en vogue that Simply Hired, a job search engine, allows job seekers to search for dog-friendly companies. Earlier this year, CNBC’s featured a gallery of 10 dog-friendly workplaces that included Google, Clif, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Amazon, Ben & Jerry’s, Procter & Gamble and Zynga.
Don’t we wish every company could be like Zynga? Named after co-founder Mark Pincus’ dog, Zynga has a wooftop dog park at its San Francisco building and health insurance for employees’ pets.
If you’re planning on taking your dog to work and it’s not customary for you to do so, read PSI’s 7 Tips for a Successful Take Your Dog to Work Day to help ensure that you, your pooch and your co-workers have the best experience possible. Remember, not everyone is comfortable around dogs, even if Rover is the most well-behaved and adorable pooch on the planet.
Cat lovers, PSI hasn’t forgotten about you. June 16-20 is Take Your Pet to Work Week.
Do you or would you take your dog to work? If so, how do your co-workers respond or how do you think they will? Share your answers in the comment box below.