Mark your calendars! June 17 kicks off Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Pet to Work Week.
When you’re at the office, do you ever find yourself wishing that you could have your furry friend spending the day with you as you’re doing the daily grind? Well next week, your wish may be granted if your company agrees to participate in PSI’s Take Your Pet to Work Week.
Allowing pets at work can certainly have its benefits. In fact, according to a study conducted by Nationwide with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), more than three times as many employees at pet-friendly workplaces report a positive working relationship with their boss and co-workers, much more than those who do not work in pet-friendly environments. In addition, these employees are more likely to stay with a company for the long haul.
“The results of the Nationwide/HABRI study clearly indicate a significantly higher level of engagement among employees that work in pet-friendly environments,” said Anthony Sharett, president of Nationwide’s pet insurance business, in a press release. “In consideration that millennials are both the largest generation in the U.S. workforce and the largest generation of pet owners, it is paramount that employers consider adding pet-friendly perks…”
“Pet owners increasingly think of their pets as members of the family,” added Steven Feldman, executive director of HABRI. “When employers offer pet-friendly benefits, it sends an important signal that the company cares about every member of the family, even the ones with four legs.”
PSI’s Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWDay) is Friday, June 21. The concept, created by Pet Sitters International (PSI), kicked off in 1999, when an estimated 300 businesses participated in the inaugural celebration. This year’s 21st annual event, sponsored by Fear Free Happy Homes, is meant to encourage employers to experience the joys of pets in the workplace and support their local pet communities. For employees who don’t have pets, they will hopefully be inspired to adopt after witnessing the special bond their colleagues have with animals.
TYDTWDay is always celebrated on the Friday after Father’s Day. PSI provides a free toolkit for the event here. This includes step-by-step instructions for planning your TYDTWDay event, tips for winning over your boss, a sample “dogs at work” policy, a customizable press release, and free promotional and event materials. They also offer Tips for TYDTWDay Success here.
For those with feline companions, Monday, June 17 is Take Your Cat to Work Day. PSI provides a list of best practices for bringing your cat to work here, with advice on getting permission, determining if this is right for your kitty, keeping your cat comfortable, avoiding forced interactions, participating with a purpose and having an exit strategy.
Additional information about PSI’s Take Your Pet to Work Week can be found here.