This Friday June 24th businesses nationwide celebrate Take your Dog to Work Day! This fun day started in 1999, and it was created by Pets Sitters International. Their model was to celebrate dog’s companions and encourage “dog-less” co-workers to perhaps feel emotionally touched by seeing the bond between humans and their dogs, and hopefully consider adopting a furry friend of their own.
An estimate 300 nationwide companies participated on Take your Dog to Work Day. As Pet Sitters International, many other people, and media outlets continue to promote the day hopefully there will be a growth in businesses participation in the future.
How can your company participate? Pets Sitters International offers a free downloadable Action Pack, including a sample “dogs at work” policy, planning tips, and event forms. They also promote a photo contest each year, with a cash prize award to the winner as well as a donation made to an animal shelter or rescue group of the winner’s choice. Check out their website for more information!
So, according to studies published in 2012 by Virginia Commonwealth University, having pets in the workplace boosts productivity and morale, reduce stress, and increase job satisfaction!
I think it is a win-win for everyone! The company creates a dog-friendly environment and scores points with the employees, consequently it helps increase productivity and morale on the workplace. You get to hang out with your four-legged best friend at your workplace, and of course show him off to your co-workers. Your dog will be happy to be with you all day instead sitting at home alone wondering when you will arrive from work to take him out. Not to mention that he will enjoy distracting you for getting your job done!
I bet many of you wished Take your Dog to Work Day could be celebrated every day! Many of you, but I think except this little guy on the photo above. The idea of going to work every day doesn’t make him happy at all. You can just see by the look in his face haha!
If you get to take your dog with you to work, please take a picture and post on the comments below. I would love to see it 🙂