Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets at Work

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Does your organization allow employees to bring their pets into the workplace? Is it something you would even consider?

petsSome would argue that because most cats and dogs sleep the majority of the day anyway, and their mere presence can be calming and reassuring for their owners and others, this may be a way to make employees happy, with little downside. Others would argue that the downside and risks are too great to be worthwhile.

Let’s take a look at some of the arguments on both sides and how this could be set up.

Should Pets be Allowed in the Workplace: The Pros

Here are some of the possible benefits of allowing employees to bring their pets:

  • It may improve employee satisfaction because they’re able to have their beloved pet at the workplace.
  • It could theoretically reduce illness because pets are said to be stress-relievers. This could be true for both the pet owners and other employees.
  • Pets can foster conversation and improve employee working relationships, if managed well.
  • It’s a benefit that does not take a lot of money to implement, yet it can save the employee money in the form of less money paid to dog sitters, dog walkers, kennels, etc.
  • Having pets at work may allow
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