Dog lovers rejoice! This Friday, June 23rd is international ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ when employers are asked to open up their businesses to dogs to help promote the benefits of pet ownership and encourage animal adoption. Yes, this means your fur babies can rest under your chair while you work.
Recent research seems to confirm what us dog owners have known for years – that dogs provide a number of physical and mental benefits, and that having dogs in the workplace can lower stress while increasing employee productivity.
The popularity of Take Your Dog to Work Day means that a wider range of businesses throughout Australia and the world are waking up to the benefits of allowing dogs at work. In fact, dogs are welcome daily inside the offices of Google, Amazon, Ben & Jerrys and Nestlé.
At the Nestlé city place headquarters, Nestlé allows it’s 1,000 workers to go through the company’s three-step “pawthorisation” process. This process involves a detailed questionnaire about the dog’s habits and behavioural evaluations, both around home and at the office, by an independent dog expert. The dog then gets its own “passpawt” and joins the Nestlé’s PAW (Pets at Work) programme.
Offices all over Queensland, including brad bell, will be graced by dogs young and old and to celebrate we have welcomed our very own workplace pup to help out around the office here at brad bell. Proudlock, our resident Chihuahua has spent this week working in the office, starting with some basic administration work, he has now moved up the ranks helping out with customer relations and supervising our agents.
He has even written a few little tips for other dog owners wanting to bring their pooches into work.
Proudlocks guide for pooches in the office:
First thing first, check with all humans at the office to make sure bringing in your dog is appropriate and allowed. Some work places may not be safe to bring us to.
Pack our favourite blanket, bed, food (especially treats – very important) and water bowls. Also, bring in some of our favourite toys to make sure we feel comfortable in the new environment. Having their favourite toys also keeps us calm while we supervise your work.
Make sure your dog is well socialised with other dogs and humans and well behaved, if your dog is not toilet trained, too protective or whines a lot, thy may not be suited to be office pooches like me.
Ensure that your work environment is safe for pets. We love to chew, so make sure that all cables and cords are off the floor and out of our reach
Keep our beds beside your desk, in a new environment we want to stay with people we trust. This assures ensures that we don’t wander off and hurt ourselves or cause any trouble.
Be prepared to clean up after us, just in case any little accidents occur…
Make sure you thoroughly explain workplace policies and procedures with us so there is no funny business in the browser history.
Of course, not all workplaces are ok with you bringing in your pets, that’s why all from 8am until 12pm tomorrow, the RSPCA has set up in the Brisbane CBD with purchasable pp up pets to take to your workplace for a donation. You can even get a cuddle with an RSPCA adoptable dog on the day!