8 tips for a pet-friendly workplace
MISSION, KS /ACCESSWIRE/August 29, 2022/ (Family Features) From virtual work calls to cuddly breaks between tasks, many pet owners have grown accustomed to the joys of working from home with their best furry friends.
As companies welcome their employees back into their offices, the demand for pets and their parents to be together at work is increasing. Indeed, according to a investigation of CESAR® brand, pet owners believe working dogs can boost happiness (58%) and relieve anxiety or stress (57%). Additionally, more than half of dog owners believe that bringing their dogs to work would encourage them to take breaks (55%) and encourage more social interaction in the workplace (52%).
To help make this conviviality a reality, CESAR Cuisine Canine presented its CAESAR® RENT MY DOG™ program to inspire pet parents to advocate for pet-friendly workplaces. Leveraging the expertise of Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program and its PETS WORK AT WORK™ Toolboxthe program provides pet parents and employers with resources to guide offices in accepting pets.
The brand has also teamed up with organizational duo Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit — and their puppies Indie, Emmett and Mabel — to share tips for organizing pet-friendly workplaces in functional and stylish ways.
Consider these tips to help make your workplace pet-friendly and find more information at CESARHireMyDog.com.
To ensure that pet parents can comfortably and responsibly spend time with their dogs in the office, leash hooks should be added to offices and co-working spaces where pets may visit. This allows pet parents to work hands-free knowing their furry companions are safe by their side. Offices should also consider a color-coded leash system where green leashes, for example, may indicate dogs are friendly and ready to play while yellow leashes may mean dogs are shy and their parent should be consulted before approaching.
Shearer and Teplin recommend organizing single-serving meals for office dogs by flavor and color in clear bins so parents can easily grab what they need. For dry food and dog treats, clear containers can make it easier to spot when supplies are low.
Shearer and Teplin suggest designating a dog zone in a common area for toys, potty supplies, brushes and more. Store each category of items in baskets with labels so employees can clearly find what they are looking for.
Keep offices with puppies neat and tidy by keeping a cleaning cart under the sink with items such as carpet cleaners, disinfectant sprays, and paper towels to clean up messes quickly. Just make sure that cleaning products are not accessible to pets.
Place water bowls near desks, in conference rooms, and anywhere puppies might go to ensure they stay hydrated.
Give your four-legged friends a cozy place to rest, grab a quick treat, or play with their toys by installing dog beds wherever pet parents work. Having a place of their own can help dogs relax and adjust to the office environment.
Sustainable furniture and floors
Durable fabrics and floor types allow for easy-to-clean spaces in the event of an accident. Pet parents can worry less about potential messes, knowing surfaces can be cleaned and sanitized.
Provide a designated outdoor space for pets to do their “work”. To ensure quick cleanup and help keep the area clean for others, include garbage stations with plastic bags. The outdoor space can also be a place where dogs can make friends and give parents a break to socialize with co-workers.
Photo courtesy of Hall + Merrick Photographers (office, outside office building), John Shearer (women in kitchen, women outside door, cleaning supplies), Daniel Christopher Photo (dog eating, white dog on a leash), Adobe Stock (white dog laying on the pillow)
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