Many employers today are discovering that their workforces don’t look the same as they did 10 or 20 years ago. A new generation of workers – mostly millennials – now staff the nation’s retail employers as well as healthcare organizations. In veterinary practices, owners and managers are discovering that younger employees want very different things from their employers. An opportunity for advancement and higher pay are desirable, but so too are quality-of-life elements.
Pets play a larger role in people’s lives than they did with older generations. Sixty-seven percent of American households now own pets, and they are part of the family more than ever before. Gone are the outdoor doghouse and leaving the cat outside. Americans love their “fur babies” more than ever before, and they’re spending time and money to ensure their health and happiness. Some employers are beginning to recognize that animals are fundamental to workers’ happiness and employee engagement.
Pets in the Workplace
“Several companies including Petco, Uber, Airbnb, and Amazon all allow their employees to bring their dogs into work, while other companies like Trupanion, Zogics, and Ceros offer employees pet benefits like insurance and bereavement days,” according to the web site Employee Benefits Advisor. “More companies are jumping on the pet insurance bandwagon as they realize employees will spend thousands of dollars on pet care, and often forgo making a payment on another bill in order to ensure their animal is taken care of.”
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, about 15 percent of American employers now offer a health insurance benefit for pets. Seven percent of workplaces have made their premises pet-friendly. As companies strive to recruit, hire and retain workers, making some pet-friendly accommodations can help attract workers and reduce turnover. A survey of workers by Mars Petcare found that 59 percent of respondents would choose to work for a dog-friendly employer over one that is not.
If you’re thinking of opening your workplace to animals, put some rules in place to ensure it doesn’t become a distraction. These might include:
- Making accommodations for anyone with pet allergies by designating certain areas animal-free.
- Allowing only well trained, non-disruptive animals in the office.
- Making clear “no animals on the furniture” rules.
- Installing “indoor boundary” technology for any areas animals are not allowed in.
Consult with Professionals
For more information and solutions for controlling pet access to indoor and outdoor areas, contact DogWatch of Western Massachusetts. We proudly serve the Pioneer Valley and the surrounding area. We are committed, trained professionals offering years of experience in installation, training and customer service. Being locally owned, we have a vested interest to keep customers happy! Visit our web site or call 888-749-2657 for more information.