For many pet parents, pets provide interesting emotional joy and support. Smart employers would do great if they are ready to create a pet-friendly environment for their employees.
The main merits of pet companionship include –
- Animal-assisted interventions play a specific role for those facing severe physical and mental health condition.
- Pets reduce loneliness
- Pet companionship can lower blood pressure, decrease stress, and improve cardiovascular health
Benefits of Pets
A recent study confirmed that pets reduced stress for their owners. The report found that the benefits can extend to other employees, who loved brief interactions with their pets.
A research institute studied the impact of a dog on problem-solving. The result showed improved cooperation, trust, and cohesion in groups having a dog.
Workplaces that promote a pet-friendly environment enjoy the merit of retaining or attracting healthier and happier employees.
The Presence of Pets in Workplaces
As per reports, around seven percent of workplaces now permit pets. This has gone up from five percent, it clearly shows that there is a long way to go.
It requires careful consideration and planning. The first and foremost thing is to get permission from the management team.
Also, not all employees are in favor of pets at workplaces and some have the fear of contracting allergies. Creating designated pet zones is one way to manage both sections.
Fixed pet-friendly days help clear expectations about the day’s pets are allowed or not allowed. An appointed pet committee settle can handle all complaints that may arise.
Pet-proofing the workplace is the best step to ensure that our pet companions are safe. Some companies may consider allowing pets, especially dogs for traumatized employees with doctor’s recommendation.
Develop and Encourage Pet-Friendly Policies
- Provide “pawternity” and bereavement time for those who need it
- Offer a pet insurance discount
- Celebrate a volunteer program
- Sponsor a pet contest