Interested in starting a pet-friendly workplace? Check out these resources from the pet care community | HABRI

Scene from The Woofice

June 19-23 is National Take Your Pet to Work Week!

An increasing number of people want to work in a pet-friendly environment, and employers are recognizing the importance of offering pet-oriented benefits to their employees. The presence of pets in the office has been shown to improve psychological well-being and life satisfaction among working adults[1], in addition to improving productivity[2] and cooperation[3] between employees.

A study conducted by Nationwide in partnership with HABRI further reveals that pet-inclusive workplaces boost recruitment, increase engagement, improve presenteeism, and raise retention rates for employees.

While there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to welcoming pets in the workplace, introducing pets at work should involve thoughtful planning and a comprehensive framework. The pet care community is leading the way in implementing pet-friendly workplaces and offering guidelines and best practices to ensure pet-friendly policies work for everyone while protecting the health and well-being of all.

While we love to celebrate Take Your Pet to Work Week, there are many ways employers can demonstrate that they care about pets, even if allowing pets at work is not an option. Many pet-inclusive policies, such as offering employees work-from-home flexibility, offering pet health insurance as an employee benefit, and offering veterinary telehealth are important ways to support the human-animal bond.

If you’re interested in what it takes to implement a pet-friendly workplace, read more about what policies have been tested to work for many businesses and organizations:

Resources from HABRI:

  • Read more research on the benefits of pets for workplace wellness here.
  • Watch ‘The Woofice’, a fun and informative sketch depicting a pet-friendly workplace inspired by the hit show ‘The Office’, and download supporting materials here.
  • Read about how COVID-19 changed the landscape for pets in the workplace here.
  • Learn about more ways to be pet-friendly beyond allowing pets at work with the “10 Ways to Be a Pet-Friendly Workplace” infographic found here.
  • Find the informative infographic “Now is the Time for Pets at Work” here.

[1] Junça-Silva, A. (2022). Friends with benefits: the positive consequences of pet-friendly practices for workers’ well-being. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(3), 1069.

[2] Wilkin, C. L., Fairlie, P., & Ezzedeen, S. R. (2016). Who let the dogs in? A look at pet-friendly workplaces. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 9(1), 96-109.

[3] Colarelli, S. M., McDonald, A. M., Christensen, M. S., & Honts, C. (2017). A companion dog increases prosocial behavior in work groups. Anthrozoös, 30(1), 77-89.