Study Shows Only a Quarter of Workplaces Are Pet-Friendly- Here’s Ho

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
More and more companies are starting to see the benefits of pet-friendly workplaces- Trupanion offers a few tips on how to become one.

By now, there have been countless studies, and research about the ways pets influence our decisions, lifestyles, and even finances. The results are consistent and always similar, as they reveal that our four-legged companions play a significant role in our lives, dictating our choice of everything from partners to jobs. Yes, that’s right: pet-inclusive companies and those offering pet-related perks are much more attractive to top talent!

The recent survey by Trupanion shows, however, that not many companies are jumping the pet-friendly train and making the most out of the opportunity. According to them, only 24% of interviewed pet parents are working at a company that allows them to bring their furbaby to work, and it’s a number we’re all hoping to see grow. To motivate other job providers, Trupanion, as one of the companies with highest pet-to-employee ratios, shares their tips on creating a successful pet-friendly workplace:

Get a Green Light from the Executives: The CEO and senior management must agree to any pet-friendly policies.

Landlord Approval: Unless your company is the owner of the facility they work in, you will need to ask the building’s landlord for approval of the new pet-inclusive policy.

Create a Pet Policy: If you don’t set the rules early on in the process, chaos is bound to ensue! Your pet policy should include things that make sure everyone is happy and safe: mandatory vaccinations, spaying/neutering, including only well-behaved pets, and much more.

Pet-Proof Your Space: Safety is one of the primary concerns: you can’t let pets roam around the office if there are electrical cords to be chewed or areas dangerous for off-leash doggos. Before you include furry employees in the workplace, make sure it’s safe for them to be there!

Communicate with Employees: Not everyone is a proud pet parent- some of the employees might be allergic, have phobias or just wouldn’t want to work in a pet-inclusive office. Before the workplace is transformed to a pet-friendly haven, check if the majority of the workers is on board with the decision.

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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