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Top 5 Tips For Having Pets In The Workplace

posted by The Daily Fluff December 7, 2017 0 comments

Thinking about allowing pets in the workplace? Wanting to bring your furry friend to work? It’s actually not a bad idea. Did you know that having pets in the workplace is beneficial for both owner and pet? Not only does it reduce stress levels amongst employees and increases happiness and morale, but it also allows pets to be happier too.

They’ll be with their best friend instead of waiting for them alone at home. But before you can consider bringing pets to work, there are a few things that need to be considered so that it’s a safe and happy environment.

Here are a few tips to know for having pets in the workplace:

  1. Is it legal?

While the boss may be okay with having pets in the workplace, it is important to know if they’re allowed in the building. Not only can they be considered to be a workplace hazard, but there also could be some legal troubles if anything serious were to happen. If they’re brought in when they’re not allowed, who knows how much trouble everyone will be in? That’s why before you even consider bringing them in, you need to check with building management first. It is also important for all employees who bring a pet to sign a waiver form so that it removes liability from the company. Once the forms are signed, print out a certificate to show which pets have approval.

  1. Get the Office Involved:

Having pets in the office should be beneficial for everyone, including those who don’t own them. Get the whole office together and make sure that everyone’s okay with little ones running about. If anyone has any allergies, the pets will need stay away from them and potentially be kept in their owner’s office. There also needs to be a limit as to how many pets are allowed each day. If everyone brought their pet, it would be chaos! Create a calendar so that everyone can schedule which days they bring their pet. Don’t worry: every little one will get a turn.

  1. Make Sure Pets Are Trained:

You can’t just have pets running around the office. Not only will they create a mess, but it could turn into disaster if they get in someone’s way. That’s why pets need to be trained before they are allowed at work. They not only need to respond to simple commands, but they also need to be well socialized so that they don’t be aggressive with other pets or employees. You also need to make sure they’re not shy and uncomfortable. They should be happy as well as you.

  1. Have a Safe Environment:

A safe workspace is important for having pets in it. It needs to be big enough so they have plenty of space to walk around in, and that they don’t get in the way of anyone else. It also needs to be clean so that pets don’t accidently eat something or step on something sharp. If you’re bringing a pet, be a good sport and clean up after yourselves. If you have computers or any other electronic device, make sure the floors and walls are clear of wires. This will ensure that cheeky ones don’t chew on them, and that they don’t trip over or become caught.

  1. Does Your Pet Need a Sickie?

Employees should stay home if they’re sick so they don’t spread germs at work. The same goes for pets. Before you can bring them in, take them to the Vet to make sure they’re healthy and sick free. They can’t be spreading germs to any other pets! Also, make sure they have the necessary vaccinations so they’re not likely to catch any illnesses. They may not like getting a shot, but the sooner it’s over and done with, the sooner they can come to work and make everybody happy!

Coming to work won’t be such a downer once you have cute little animals to keep you company. Who knows? Maybe your pet will be employee of the month!

What tips do you have for bringing pets to work? Comment below and let us know!

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Benefits Of Pets In The Workplace

posted by The Daily Fluff October 10, 2016 0 comments

For most of us, the best thing about arriving home after work each day is being greeted by our furry friends. Playing catch or having some quality cuddle time is the best way to relax and de-stress after a long day at work.

However now you don’t have to spend your day wondering what mischief your pet is getting up to at home, or waiting for the clock to hit five so you can go home and spoil them with belly rubs anymore! Studies have shown that having pets in the workplace can actually be extremely beneficial!

Unconvinced? Here are the top benefits of having pets in the workplace:

Reduces stress and anxiety:

Anxiety is common in most workplaces. Even if you love your job, deadlines, meetings and time management can get to even the most zen of us!

Studies have shown that pet’s behaviour provokes laughter and entertainment, which is likely to reduce stress and feelings of depression. This is especially relieving in high-pressure corporate workplaces! Having something to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety is guaranteed to create a more productive and effective workplace.

Encourages physical activity:

Being stuck in the office, sitting down, sending emails all day definitely is not great for your health and wellbeing, that’s for sure. Even on the most beautiful summers days, we can feel obliged to stay inside while we’re at work.

Having pets in the office gives you the greatest excuse to get out and enjoy that sunshine! Leaving the office for even 15 minutes to walk the dog can be a great refresher and it can improve employee’s focus. Win/win!

Increases productivity:

Being happier, healthier, and less stressed at work can make a more productive team. Reduced stress in the workplace means that employees are less likely to take sick days and are more likely to enjoy their time at work.

Workplaces that are pet friendly have found that as office-pets create a more relaxed environment, they also boost creativity. Meaning that employees are more likely to be imaginative and productive.

If you’re seeking a bit more balance in your corporate life, we would definitely recommend asking your boss about introducing pet-friendly office days! Even if it’s just one day a week – like our friends at Jetpets, who have introduced Furbaby Friday at their workplace.

 I mean, who can resist a puppies’ face anyway?!

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