Top Tips For Creating A Dog-Friendly Workplace
21st Jun 2022
Why create a dog-friendly office?
Having a pet-friendly or dog-friendly workplace can help to lower stress levels, and boost morale and productivity. A study by Four Paws also shows the positive effects for non-dog owners, being able to take dogs for walks, and reminding employees to take much-needed breaks.The number of candidates searching for dog-friendly companies has increased significantly. Between Jan 2022-Feb 2022 on the Flexa platform, the number of candidates searching for dog-friendly offices and dog-friendly jobs has increased by 53%. And the number of users registering a preference for dog-friendly offices when signing up to our platform increased by a staggering 98%.
What to consider for creating a dog-friendly officeAs a dog-friendly workplace ourselves we’ve collated some of our top tips.
Lease a dog-friendly office spaceCheck with your existing landlord to see whether the office space allows for dogs and discuss how many dogs are likely to be in the office at any given time.
Dog proof your officeMake sure the office environment is dog-friendly, keeping anything that may cause harm out of reach, put lids on bins, tie up any loose cabling from electrical equipment, and create a space for employees to keep their food (we know our fur friends like to be cheeky sometimes).
Create a timetableCreate an office timetable with dates and times so that paw parents can fill out when they intend to bring their dog to work.
Find a space close to parks and greeneryYou’ll need dog-friendly spots to be able to take dogs for walks and much needed play time, so make sure the office is in close proximity to parks and greenery.
Have water bowls, treats and poop bagsOur fur friends need to stay hydrated so make sure there are water bowls available. Having some treats is also nice (keeping in mind any allergies or sensitivities), it will help them with introductions and meeting new people. Poop bags are also a must you’ll be glad to have these on hand.
Create a plan for addressing problems
Some dogs may adjust to an office environment very quickly and easily. Others may bark and find it difficult being around too many people or other dogs.Putting a plan in place with paw parents beforehand is important so that if any issues arise these can be addressed.