In the ever evolving world of start ups and millenial employees, what is and what is not accpetable in the working environment is becoming an increasingly gray area. How would you feel if you came in for work on Monday morming to find a puppy or a kitten sitting on your desk?
For many of us this would be a welcome addition to our office. Who wouldn't love to entertain a baby animal instead getting stuck into their work? With 'Bring your Dog to Work Day' on the horizon we take a look at the various positives and possible negatives that could ensue from having a pooch or indeed any sort of pet in the office.
- Employee mood is up.
Contact with animals is generally thought to improve one’s mood and sense of wellbeing. Starting off your week by playing fetch with a puppy or cuddling a kitten is a sure fire way to not only put you in a good mood but to keep that good mood going all week.
- Create a positive and nurturing workplace environment.
An employee’s best work takes place when they are getting positive feedback in an encouraging environment. With animals in the office, there will a natural sense of nurturing and caring. This sense of caring will transfer to the relationship between the company and employees resulting in better work being carried out.
- Not everyone likes animals.
Believe it or not, there are some people in the world who don’t like puppies! Shocking, I know. Between allergies, phobias and general unease around animals some of your employees mightn’t be best pleased to be surrounded by animals in their office. One way to combat this is to have one area of your office reserved for pets, allowing other employees to work in peace.
- Insurance issues.
Is your company covered to have animals on the premises? What if there’s a bite or a scratch, are you covered for that? Before planning your ‘Pet Day’ make sure your insurance is in order.
Having a workplace pet day is a fantastic way to engage with and motivate employees, but does carry some risk. Your employees can also use their flexitime to spend as much time playing with pets as they want – one of the many benefits of flexible working arrangements.