According to a CNN/Money poll in 2006, 75% of all dog owners would work longer hours if they could bring their dog to work. In this day of employers trying to create “work-life harmony” and adding more value to their employee’s’ benefits, bringing a dog to work sounds like a fantastic idea. I’m here to tell you, it is!
As a recruiter for an advertising agency here in Dallas, I get to bring my dog, Deco, to work with me every single day. I adopted Deco from the Animal Rescue of Texas back in June 2007 when he was just 3 months old. One of the important factors for me in getting a dog was the fact my employer allowed me to bring him to work. The last thing I personally wanted to do was leave a 3 month old puppy in a crate by itself in my apartment.
A lot of people ask me why my company allows me to bring Deco to work. If you think about it, from a company’s perspective, it allows an employee to be more productive and it keeps the employee in the office. It’s definitely to their advantage to add this option to a benefits package. My employer created some basic guidelines for those of us who bring our dogs to work:
(1) All dogs must have current vaccination shots, rabies shots, etc.
(2) If you dog leaves your cube/office, the dog must be on a leash at all times.
(3) There is a fenced-in area outside where all dog owners take their dogs to use the restroom. Doggie bags are at every entrance in our building. All employees are responsible for keeping the environment clean.
I’ve been recruiting for over nine years. I can’t think of a more unique way to sell my company to potential employees. Even our clients love seeing our four-legged friends roaming the halls or sitting in a conference room.
Now before you think there is no way your company would allow this, consider these points. Did you know some of the top Fortune 500 companies have adopted the “bring your dog to work” policy? Google and Amazon allow their employees to bring their dogs to work.
There are at least 3 local employers here in Dallas that have given this benefit to their employees as well. If you’re interested in finding a company that has a “Bring Your Dog To Work” policy, check out www.simplyhired.com/a/special-searches/dog-friendly.
Finally, did you know Friday, June 20th is Take Your Dog To Work Day? If you’re serious about having your employer consider this policy, I would suggest getting a group of co-workers to approach your company’s HR or leadership and discuss with them the added benefits and reasons why you should bring your best friend to work.
Start off small and ask your company to adopt June 20th as Take Your Dog To Work Day.