Hoping to convince your boss that a pet friendly workplace is a good idea? We’ve got just the strategy for you. Whether you want a brand new pet for the office or want to bring your current best friend to work with you, it pays to focus on the positives this new team member would provide. Just bring your boss this list of benefits and you’ll have them hook, line, and sinker. Or squeaky toy, collar, and wagging tail?
1. Having a dog in the office helps brings coworkers closer together.
Nothing pulls everyone out of their cubicles for a moment of socializing quite like man’s best friend. Whether it’s for play time, a walk, or refilling a water bowl, the shared responsibility of an office pet encourages socializing and camaraderie.
2. It acts as an excuse to get up and move.
Employee wellness has become a huge focus and it’s for good reason. A healthier more engaged employee performs better. Office pets can reduce stress and encourage exercise. If your boss is still numbers focused, mention the pounds you’ll all lose and the money the office may save on Insurance costs!
3. It helps strengthen your recruiting efforts.
It’s a unique benefit to be able to play with dogs at work. It also gives candidates a view into the culture of the office right away while helping to ease the tension of coming in for an interview. An interview is exciting; an interview with a dog in the room is just that much better.
4. An office pet can provide infinite smiles!
Smiling is really good for you, and being happy at work is really good for your productivity. So do your part and bring your boss this list of reasons to allow dogs at work. We know we see smiles multiply around the Good&Co offices whenever our furry friends are present.
If you encounter resistance, ask to start with a trial period. After everyone in the office falls in love with the dog, the naysayers are bound to change their minds in support of the idea! And while you wait for that final yes, here are 6 other things you can do to be happier at work.