Take your pet to work!
The biggest problem for the owner of the cat or dog is that the pet is forced to spend most of the day alone … This is fraught with many unpleasant consequences – “unauthorized” toilets throughout the apartment, spoiled things, complaints from neighbors about howling and barking of a bored animal. All this does not contribute to the establishment of a warm trusting relationship between the pet and the owner … Now, if you could take fluffy with you to work …
Meanwhile, in the USA it has been practiced for more than 20 years! Many companies have organized so-called pet-friendly offices, where employees can come with their shaggy, furry and feathered favorites. Such offices can boast of such giants as Google, Mars, the company that produces the famous Ben & Jerry ice cream, a trading platform for artisans Etsy, the publishing company Mashable, a graphic design studio and WEB design by Pixelkeet.
Studies have shown that employees who bring their pet to work are more productive and less prone to stress and overwork than those who constantly think about the animal left at home. In addition, the presence in the office of an animal increases the level of goodwill in the team as a whole, leads to an increase in trust and cooperation between colleagues.
Soon, this American initiative was appreciated and picked up by other countries – Britain, Germany, Israel.
Now this practice exists in 23 countries, and not so long ago pet-friendly offices appeared in Russia.
The first were Mars and a network of advertising agencies BBDO. And a little later, PURINA joined them, launching the project “Pets at the Workplace”. This project has already been implemented in 107 organizations across Europe.
Of course, everything is not as simple as it seems. In order to run such a program, universal consent is required, as well as a lot of space – because in any team there is always someone who suffers from allergies, or is afraid of dogs, or simply does not like animals. So, the office will have to be divided into two parts, one of which will be forbidden to pets. In addition, the animal must be socialized and obedient. Before driving to the office, it is recommended that you turn to professionals to consult and, if necessary, adjust the behavior of the animal.
One way or another, many companies have already launched this program in test mode. If your company still supported this program, we remind you that a worldwide campaign is held annually in June – Take your dog to work. In 2020, this holiday falls on the 26th – a great occasion to take the initiative and bring your pet with you! By prior agreement with the management, of course.
Yes, while the presence of the fourth employee in the office causes bewilderment and surprise among visitors. But the time will come – and it will become familiar, as has become commonplace in many countries. It’s wonderful!