Pets in the Workplace

By Lillian Mondaro

When the concept of pets within a professional environment is mentioned, we often think of feel good stories about colleges and universities offering stressed students time with therapy animals. Pets, however, are becoming more commonplace within offices and other businesses, integrating themselves into company culture.

Having pets in the workplace can be a boon and a challenge. There are many different aspects to consider before incorporating a furry friend into your work team. Here are just a few (in no particular order):

  • People with allergies
  • How well-behaved the pet in question is
  • Who will be responsible for the pet’s health and well-being while in the office and after hours

Some benefits to having a pet in the office are:

  • Stress relief/morale boost
  • Healthier employees

If you’re office is considering the addition of a pet to your workplace, consider the pros and cons carefully while following all relevant company policies.

For more information about the challenges and benefits of having a pet in your workplace, check out Bridget Miller’s article on HR Daily Advisor entitled “Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets at Work”:

Do you have a pet in your workplace? Share your photos below and tell us all about them and how they are included in the day-to-day operations of your office.