Take Your Dog to Work Day – 5 Top Tips for Getting Your Boss to Say Yes!
A new survey by has suggested that nearly half of people (46%) think companies should allow workers to bring their pups to work. SKOUT, the global app that helps you meet new people and expand your social circle, offers its employees a dog-friendly workplace and while the app is all about connecting people, the team at SKOUT thought it would be fun to hear what people really think about man’s best friend in the workplace.
Highlights from the survey, conducted by the app SKOUT, include:
Dogs at work are more popular than you may think!
- 14% of everyone surveyed say they bring their dog to work, at least some of the time.
- People who work in an office are even more likely to bring their dog to work — with 21% saying they bring their four-legged friend to their workplace.
Dogs can make you happier, more productive and less stressed at work.
- 74% of people surveyed say that dogs make employees feel happier in the workplace.
- Office workers are even more likely (78%) to think so.
- 63% of people surveyed say that dogs help lower employees’ stress levels at work.
- Among office workers, that jumps to 67%.
- 43% of everyone surveyed say that dogs make employees more productive.
- Office workers especially think so – with 51% saying canine coworkers enhance productivity.
Dogs give companies a “cool factor.”
- 51% of people surveyed say being able to bring your tail-wagger to work makes your company a cool place to work. Workers age 30 and under especially think so (58%).
Best company perk? Pooches are more popular than ping pong tables.
- When it comes to perks in the workplace, the ability to bring your dog to work is preferred three times as much as the option of having a ping pong or foosball table.
One possible problem: getting along with your boss’s dog!
- 9% of people surveyed say the biggest downside of having dogs in the workplace would be having to pretend they like their boss’s dog, even if they don’t.
Dogs rule, cats drool.
- 78% of people surveyed say they prefer Take Your Dog To Work Day, while 22% prefer Take Your Cat To Work Day.
“These survey results echo the many benefits we experience of having friendly canines in our office,” said Christian Wiklund, co-founder and CEO of SKOUT. “As a company that helps people connect and meet new friends, we can’t help but think about man’s best friend, too.”
5 Tips For Bringing Your Dog To Work:
SKOUT has had a dog-friendly workplace for years, so its employees are no strangers to doggie etiquette in the office. Here are a few of their top tips to share with others considering bringing their dog to work.
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- Get it approved. Just because others bring their dogs in, does not mean it is a free for all. Make sure you have all the necessary approvals from management, and understand any ground rules, before you bring your pooch. (Ryan, QA)
- Don’t delegate. Remember that as the dog owner you are 100% responsible, 100% of the time for your pet’s well being, behavior, and biological needs. Don’t ask your team to walk or clean up after your dog! (Kristen, Human Resources)
- Bring on the goodies! Just like people enjoy snacks and games in the break room, so do your dogs. Biscuits and toys can help you encourage positive interactions with your dog and your co-workers throughout the day. (Nikki, Marketing and owner of Apollo, Nova, Stars and Verse)
- Remember doggie hygiene. The only thing worse than a smelly coworker is a smelly dog! Give Fido a bath and proper grooming before bringing him to work. (Mark, Creative Director and owner of Spanky)
- Remember breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for your dog, too! Feed your dog before going to work, so they don’t get “hangry” and nip your co-workers. (Jane, Marketing and owner of Jakey and The Bean-Dog)