5 Things Your Office Should Know Before Becoming Dog Friendly

Updated: Jul 28

The new reality of mid and post-pandemic workspaces made many executives realize they needed to overhaul their in-office workplace culture, especially to incentivize employees to return to their desks.

Benefits like PTO, long lunches, and health insurance are no longer convincing enough for employees to agree to work from an office, whether part- or full-time.

With an over 250% increase in dog adoptions during 2020 and 2021, employees are worried about heading back to their offices and leaving their companions alone. In a survey performed by Digital, 75% of participating employees said they didn't want to work from an office again because of their pandemic pets.

Integrating dogs in a workplace is one of the most budget-friendly ways to boost productivity, increase workplace loyalty, improve retention, and attract new top talent to your business.

However, before adding dogs to your office, you'll need to be aware of the potential risks involved and understand how to prepare best to convert to this new office culture.

Here are the five things any office should know before integrating pets:

1. Check Your Office Lease

If you rent an office space, you'll first want to check with your landlord whether you can have pets visiting your office.

Some landlords may allow office spaces to be dog-friendly, with exceptions of specific breeds/sizes, or exclude certain areas of your office from being integrated.

2. Weigh the Risks:

Do you have any employees with allergies? Any employees with service dogs?

These scenarios may raise complications in the future; an employee with dog allergies may refuse to work from an office again, or an employee with a service dog may not be able to work in-office because of the additional dogs.

Your first step towards understanding your potential employee-related risks should be to understand your employees' concerns and needs with a possible pet integration.

Office Dogs offers a free comprehensive survey to share with employees, to help you navigate your office's individual needs prior to integration.

3. Align Your Business Needs With Having Dogs in The Office:

When building your work plan for pet integration in your office, it's imperative to prioritize the needs of your business to operate smoothly and avoid creating obstacles to your professional responsibilities.

Do you have employees who consistently make phone calls to customers?

Do you have employees who are constantly in meetings?

Do you have customers/clients coming into your office?

Defining boundaries for pet-friendly zones and no-pets zones is crucial to establishing the office's balance of enjoyment and productivity.

4. Pet Liability Insurance:

Although sometimes they're treated like our kids, dogs are still animals, which means that you can't predict their behavior 100% of the time.

Accidents may happen, and you want to ensure your office is not liable for any unexpected expenses.

Having employees get liability insurance, in addition to them signing a waiver, will reduce the risks of your office needing to pay or take responsibility for any accidents. Employees signing waivers will help them understand that their dogs are still their responsibility, and liability insurance can help cover any costs should something happen.

5. Setting Dogs Up for Success:

If your office doesn't meet the dogs' needs as much as it meets your employees' needs, you may find some employees complaining about noise or distractions. Making sure dogs are satisfied isn't a complex task - your office should be appropriately outfitted with snacks, bones, and quiet toys, and ensure their owner provides them with walks before entering the office.

Office Dogs offers a pet supply service with dog trainer-certified options. We've taken the time to find the best products at the best prices, to ensure your assortment selection is straightforward and convenient.

Once you've fully addressed any potential risks involved with your journey to pet integration, the future benefits of being a dog-friendly office are endless. From an increase in productivity and retention to offering a competitive advantage to entice new employees, integrating pets is one of the simplest paths to achieving a unique culture that puts your employees' needs first.

Like any other business decision, consulting with a professional is more than recommended.

Let us help you put your best paw forward!

Contact us today at hello@office-dogs.com to ask questions or schedule a free consultation call - we're happy to help you save time and money, and skip out on mistakes.