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Is Taking Pets to Work A Good Idea?

A few years ago, I visited with a client and quickly noticed pets in his employees’ offices. I must say that I was shocked at first to see animals in the workplace. Then, I noticed how relaxed everyone was.

Some of the dogs meandered through the office and stopped at each desk to visit the employees. Others went out to greet visitors. Frequent guests even knew the dogs by name. Everybody, canine and human alike, seemed to enjoy the atmosphere that pets in the workplace created.

After seeing the positive vibe pets in the workplace creative at my client’s office, I decided to start experimenting with my two Chihuahua-mix rescue dogs to see how they would interact with our employees and applicants.  My findings were also positive.

First, dogs are great judges of character. Not very often, someone will come through that the dogs do not care for. I have discovered that my staff and I also seem to get the same vibe from the very few individuals that get the evil eye from the mongrels.

Secondly, most applicants seem more relaxed with dogs in the office. Pooches are great at breaking the ice. It also helps when your office gets crowded with applicants waiting for their turn to interview. It gives folks a distraction to help pass the waiting time.

Third, our internal employees love having the dogs around. They definitely lighten the mood when stress-levels are high.

Finally, our customers also like seeing the dogs when they stop by.  I have even had a customer get down on the floor in a skirt and play with the mutts in the middle of the office.  Do you think our visit went well?  You bet.

Would pets be a good addition to any work environment? Well, of course not. Having pets in a machine shop or a food distribution center may not work very well but at my staffing business, they have become a valuable as well as a low cost morale booster for everyone associated with our company.  Why not try it and see if it works for you.

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