At some businesses, co-workers have four legs. That’s because nearly 10 percent of companies allow employees to bring their pet to work. Many of these pet-friendly offices are small businesses. And there’s evidence that it pays off. But bringing pets to the workplace can have employees fighting like cats and dogs. Here are ways you can make your small business a sanctuary for both its two- and four-legged co-workers.
There’s actual scientific evidence supporting the value of pets at work. A Virginia Commonwealth University research found that dogs in the workplace make people happier, less stressed, and more productive. Another study by Central Michigan University found that groups with dogs showed significantly higher mutual trust and team bonding.
In addition, it can help with recruiting and retention. Seventy-nine percent of businesses report that being pet-friendly gives them a recruiting advantage, especially with Millennials. And 53 percent of employees at non-pet businesses say they would stay if they were allowed to bring a pet to work.
It’s important to set some ground rules before implementing a pet-friendly workplace. Here are some suggested guidelines:
Inviting employees to bring their pets to work can have its advantages. But before Fido and Fluffy become co-workers, be sure you consider these guidelines to fetch the most from this benefit.