Twenty years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a dog in an office environment. Nowadays, it’s still not exactly the norm, but it’s far from unheard of. Even huge corporations such as Google and Amazon have adopted pet-friendly policies in recent years. In some cases companies will offer services such as an on-site doggie day care for the pets of employees. In others, they’ll make accommodations so they employees can actually work alongside their pets as well.
So what’s the incentive for employers to allow pets in the workplace? Quite simply, people are happier and more relaxed when in the company of their furry friends. According to a 2015 survey conducted by Human Resource Management, 8 percent of workplaces in America allow employees to bring their pets to work. This was up from 5 percent in 2013. The survey also found that 9 percent of companies offer pet health insurance to their employees.
The trend isn’t just limited to American companies, either. A prominent advertising agency in Hong Kong recently began allowing employees to bring their pets to the office as well. As you might expect, the policy has been warmly received by the company’s staff.
Many companies have found that the best way to promote productivity is to keep their workforce comfortable and at ease. Keeping our four-legged companions nearby is an ideal way to accomplish this goal. Here at Modular Office Environments, we might not be able to outfit your office with a new Labrador Retriever, but we can update it with a fresh set of comfortable, ergonomic furniture. Give us a call today at (954) 735–1183.