In 1999, when Pet Sitters International (PSI) suggested National Take Your Dog to the Office Day, it might have been a bit of a hard sell. After all, our fur babies do demand attention, particularly if they are young or not well socialized. But people around the nation agreed that our canine companions should have a special day and the first Friday after Father's Day was set.
Even though having your pal beside your feet might hinder your tasks a bit, there are three solid reasons for following this nationally recognized day. Perhaps pointing these out to your boss will make him (or her) a believer, too.
- The most obvious, of course, is that most people love dogs. They are often cute and winsome and their tails wag and eyes laugh whenever someone even looks their way. Her soft, fluffy coat or his silly expression draws people in and just makes them feel a bit happier. Naturally, you are filled with pride when others see your beloved pooch and make sweet remarks about him.
- This reason is the one that might win your boss. Positive interaction among coworkers has ratcheted up a notch when Fido breaks the ice with that shy colleague you've been unable to draw into a conversation. The team member you've thought you had nothing in common with shows her delight in your dog and introduces you to her own fur baby. Better communication and teamwork are surely tradeoffs for having your pup at work with you once a year.
- Another reason is that more and more frequently employers are allowing pets in the workplace. Why you ask? Well, it makes for a fun, happier environment as well as lowers stress levels of employees and creates an environment that is more flexible and creative.
- Dogs in the workplace nurture productivity. When employees are less stressed and happier, they have a better chance of being productive and allows for the creative juices to flow. Dogs can create a camaraderie that may not have happened before and those relationships at work can spark new ideas.
- Healthcare benefits abound! When people have dogs, they are shown to take more walks which reduces stress and obesity. Other health benefits are that with lower stress levels and healthier lifestyles, that reduces the amount of time that people spend at the physician's office. Less time at the doctor means more time being productive and happier. Who doesn't like happier, healthier employees? Plus, when pet parents are more proactive in their pet's care, they also tend to be more proactive in their own health as well. 2 birds, 1 stone. Well, in this case, 2 dogs, one ball.
If you are the boss at work and would like more information about celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day, a free tool kit is available for you to download, full of tips and resources to help make this special day a success. So grab your briefcase and a doggy bag of treats and set the pace for your company!