Want to recruit that special employee? Want to keep one that you think might be going elsewhere? Try letting them bring their dog to work.
Why? A workforce packed with millennials who want to bring their pets to work want changes from employers. Some companies are pioneering the move. They are firms like Amazon, Mars, Petco, Uber and Airbnb.
That’s good, however, experts in employee relations say not enough companies are experimenting with the idea. Those that are allowing employees to bring their dogs to work say the benefits have been amazing. Employee wellness is improving and so is productivity.
Even better, recruitment and retention has improved.
Sofia Montgomery of the HR and benefits company Justworks said they love having pets around. “We have on any given day upwards of 10 dogs in our office,” she said. “People really love it. Everyone says that it makes them happy and gives them moments of relief and laughter.”
Dave Bradley is a vice president at Mars Petcare. It’s part of the Mars candy company. He said they have a new pet-friendly headquarters in Tennessee with a dog park with wi-fi, coffee bars that have water stations for pets, furniture that is designed with pets in mind and a 60 acre outdoor dog park with walking paths.
“Everything from the flooring and furniture, to the landscaping and amenities, was designed for associates to enjoy time at work with their pets,” Bradley said. “Research shows that people thrive in pet friendly workplaces. For us, it’s a no brainer, and we hope that other companies will consider opening their doors to pets as well.”
By the way, Mars Petcare did a survey and found that most people will chose to work at a pet friendly company over one that is not.
Here’s why. Most households — 67% — have a pet or pets. But only 7% of employers are offering a pet friendly workplace. The good news is that a lot of companies — 15% of the U.S. total — are now at least offering pet insurance.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) says that is up from 9% in 2015. Along with pet insurance a lot of companies are offering pet bereavement days.
Pet insurance is a good thing but Bradley said a pet friendly workplace is the way to go. They are just better for employees.
“There are so many benefits to having pets in the workplace, from reducing stress and creating community, to boosting morale and reducing isolation, to of course increasing productivity,” Bradey added.
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