Dogs At Work
Many 21st century workplaces offer a wide range of quirky amenities. From bean-bag chairs to Soylent vending machines, companies are trying out new, innovative ways to increase employee happiness. It was only a matter of time before companies started allowing for dogs at work! In many companies across the country, the office dog is becoming as common as having a water-cooler or refrigerator. Here at Good&Co, we are thrilled to have not just one, but two awesome office dogs!
(Good&Co’s iconic dogs, Yuki and Alf)
We have asked people from a diverse group of companies to submit their own experiences with having dogs at work. From what we have gathered, we have concluded that even though initially there’s an adjustment period, overall, employees enjoy bringing their dogs to work because they add to their workplace’s culture, help with stress, and are simply adorable.
Dogs In The Workplace:
At first, David Vallance — a copywriter and digital strategist at Digital Impact — was wary of having an office dog because he was concerned that his Bella would need “extra training.” Little did David know that his dog would not only adjust perfectly but become an instrumental part of his company. David says that everyone at his office treats Bella like a “member of the team” and loves to play with her “after a long meeting.” To insure that their beloved Bella doesn’t disrupt their business, David and his coworkers have taken some proper precautions. During important meetings, they keep Bella in a separate room just in case she’ll get into trouble with potential customers. It seems like Bella is the ideal office dog. However, do all other workplaces have such positive experiences with cuddly canines?
Sometimes, having a dog at the workplace becomes a key element to a company’s culture. While Bella is a bit too energetic for clients, at Digital Operative, Director of PMO Jessika Jake loves to bring her adorable Theodore to business meetings. Theodore is so loved, that Jessika claims clients ask for him when she doesn’t take him along to work. Even her boss requests that Theodore comes to work. Jessika jokes that “Theodore is even more popular than I am.”
Theodore lives for the APPLAUSE
Like Digital Impact, Purplegator has some basic ground rules to make sure that their dogs don’t cause any harm in the office. Bob Bentz, president of Advanced Telecom Services, has required that dogs don’t go to “technical areas” to prevent them from chewing wires and causing mayhem. In addition, he’s required that “dogs stay with their owners and not roam around the office unless they’re first called by the other employee. Even with these restrictions, Bob Bentz has noted that his office’s dogs have a “calming effect” that help with his company’s creativity. He claims, “I am confident that the inclusion of dogs in the office is net positive.”
Hope and Pilgrim keeping it real as per usual
In the medical industry, people are starting to notice the positive effects of having a dog at the workplace. Daniel, a retired physician and founder of letthebigdogrun.com, used to regularly take his Black Lab Buddy to work and only had positive experiences. He states, “He [Buddy] always sensed the right amount of energy necessary. He would also sit quietly in a corner of the room during meetings or presentations. He never barked inside the hospital or clinic. I never had an objection to his presence in the medical facilities from CEO’s or Boards of Directors as they all saw the beneficial effects of his presence.” Take that haters, even hospitals are embracing canines!
Take that haters, Buddy doesn’t cause any drama.
Even though a lot of companies have had a positive experience with their office dogs, sometimes bringing a dog to the workplace can lead to mini-catastrophes. Ky Trang Ho of Key Financial Media learned about the dangers of having an office dog the hard way. One day when she was out of the office, her English Toy Spaniel Mutt bit a coworker after she tried to pet her. Ky Trang Ho never brought her dog to work again and got her front-teeth removed to insure that she won’t ever bite again. She reflects, “I am very grateful I was never sued.”
“Cause’ I’m feeling like a criminal.” – Fionna Apple
Ky Trang Ho isn’t alone with experiencing an office dog fiasco. Trip Rockwell, the Chief Marketing Officer at DNA Behavior, brought his dog George to work because he “loved the idea of taking my dog to work.” Little did he know that a 14 year old rescued lab wouldn’t be able to handle the stress of the office. One day, George took a “man-sized dump” next to Trip’s desk, causing him to scale back his visits to the office to once every few weeks. Although none of Trip’s coworkers noticed the “man-sized dump,” Trip was worried that there would be more incidents. Luckily, Trip Rockwell was able to work from home and spend some time with George before he passed.
Rest In Peace George
Although some workplaces have had a negative experience with office dogs, from our research, we could conclude that having a dog at your work can be potentially beneficial for your company. With some rules and guidelines, office dogs can be just what your company needs to increase workplace happiness.