Did you know that two-thirds of dog owners would work longer hours and a third would take a pay cut if they could bring their dog to the office? That’s according to a survey carried out by Dogster.com and Simply Hired.
SimplyHired even has a dog-friendly filter to help people find jobs at dog-friendly firms. “Most companies don’t really advertise the fact that they’re dog-friendly. The only way you find out is through a dog park or the dog vine, so to speak,” said SimplyHired’s Kay Luo.
Overland Park businesses would benefit if they allowed employees to bring their dog to work. After searching the Internet for Overland Park companies that allow dogs in the workplace, the search came up empty. If you know any companies in the Overland Park area that allow dog owners to bring their dog to work, let us know.
Dog lovers who work in dog-friendly offices are happier and more loyal to their employer. Allowing staff to bring their dogs to work can be a huge competitive advantage for employers, and almost half of the 150 owners surveyed said they would change jobs so that they could take their dog to work. Plus seven out of 10 viewed having a canine-friendly workplace as a significant employee benefit, reported Management-Issues.
The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association estimates that 44 million households in the U.S. alone have a dog. Changing workplace attitudes towards man’s best friend could represent a real advantage for recruitment and retention initiatives. “Companies with dog-friendly policies just get it,” said Ted Rheingold, CEO of Dogster. “They’re breeding a class of happy and loyal employees. After all, who wouldn’t be happy working with their best friend?”
Dogster added how “more women are going out to work, more people are living alone, and the demands of work seem to have increased on everyone. The result is that dogs are being left locked at home for long periods and they can find it very traumatic.”
According to Dogster, companies that welcome dogs tend to be tech giants such as Apple, Amazon, Autodesk and Google. But in general, small firms with fewer than 50 employees emerged as the most pet-friendly.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for take your dog to work day.
Friday, June 22, 2012 – Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Pet Sitters International has sponsored the day since 1999, encouraging employers to allow pets in the workplace for one summer Friday. The goal is to boost employee morale and promote animal adoption and support for shelters and animal rescue groups. For more information, visit www.takeyourdog.com.
Here are some additional links to information on dog-friendly offices.
Benefits of dogs in the workplace
Dog friendly offices = happy and loyal employees
Inc.com pet friendly workplaces
PetSugar top dog friendly places to work