As crazy as it may sound, a growing number of companies are beginning to consider themselves “pet friendly.” Of course, this policy differs from one organization to the next.
According to the Mother Nature Network, some of the most well known companies in the world offer this perk including:
- Procter & Gamble
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Build-A-Bear Workshop
- Humane Society headquarters
- Clif Bar and Company
On the surface, this may sound like a horrible idea. That being said, you don’t want to jump the gun and turn on this idea just yet. Every company listed above, as well as the many others that offer employees this perk, have a strict code of conduct in place to ensure a safe and happy work environment for all employees (as well as their pets).
For example, Amazon has the following rules in place:
- Dogs only
- Must be up to date on vaccinations
- Animal must be registered as a workplace dog
- Must remain on a leash unless behind a gate or in a closed office
In addition to those companies that allow employees to bring their pets to the office, there is another trend picking up steam: the use of at home cameras.
Petcube, for example, is a gadget that allows people to talk and play with their pet, while at the office (or anywhere else in the world), through the use of a smartphone or tablet.
For employees who don’t have the ability to take their pet to work, this is a great way to keep close tabs on the animal.
Why would employers encourage this? There are many reasons, including the fact that it makes employees happier while also encouraging breaks from time to time.
The “bring your pet to work” trend is growing quickly. If you would have brought up this idea 20 years ago most people would have thought you were crazy. Now, this is becoming more and more acceptable with each passing year.