Dog at work?
Already in 2006, one in five American companies allowed to bring quadrupeds to work, and most of these corporations do it to this day. Among them are very well-known brands-headed by Google, which considered the love of dogs as part of its culture, finding for it a record in the set of corporate rules. In turn, Amazon allowed employees to bring their pets to the office and introduced the concept… a service dog. This is a specially registered quadruped, which accompanies its owner in the workplace. However, in order to be able to bring your pet to Amazon, you must first submit a certificate of vaccination. The dog must be either on a leash or in a specially designated place. Similar consent to the presence of quadrupeds at work was also expressed by other companies with branches around the world – such as Nestle and rover.
The idea of bringing dogs to work was born in 1996 in the UK. He quickly gained many followers in the United States, because already three years later American workers began to work in the company of their favorite quadrupeds. Today, the custom is also often cultivated in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In the United States, there is even an organization called Pet Sitters International. Every year, it encourages employers to allow dogs to be brought to work by distributing prepared brochures to entrepreneurs. Every year, on the initiative of pet sitters international, take your dog to work day is celebrated on one of the selected Fridays in June.
Dog as medicine
It turns out that the presence of a quadruped with an owner devoted to official duties has a strong scientific justification. Randolph Barker, an American professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, has published an interesting study in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, which shows that employees who bring their dogs to work are less stressed than their colleagues. In addition, they are more motivated and scrupulous in the performance of official duties. In the company of a beloved pet, they feel safer and more comfortable, which makes them perform their duties more efficiently. They also do not burn out as quickly as other workers. Barker also noted the positive impact of dogs on employees who did not have their own quadruped.
What about the Polish employer?
In 2014, TNS Poland published a report, which shows that nearly 48% of our compatriots have a favorite pet at home, and 83% of these pets are dogs. 87% of respondents considered them the best friends of man. Increasingly, quadrupeds accompany poles in restaurants, offices and at work, although this is not yet the norm.
An example of developing a dog trend taken from Anglo-Saxon countries is many Warsaw-based corporations m.in. in the infamous Mordor. Employees with dogs can be found in an increasing number of companies, regardless of the industry. On the one hand there are media (e.g. Radio Zet, NBC Universal), on the other hand companies producing games (e.g. CD Projekt) and software (e.g. Daftcode), interactive agencies (e.g. K2 internet), PR agencies (e.g. Agencja 21), as well as design offices (e.g. AP studio) and publishing houses (e.g. Prószyński and S-ka).
Employers who allowed their employees to bring dogs could see for themselves the positive impact they have on their owners. Of course, the presence of a pet in the workplace also involves additional duties for the employee (taking care of the appropriate conditions for the dog, making sure that it does not disturb other people, etc.), but the benefits of the presence of dogs at work far outweigh the minor inconveniences.
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