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Please Hire My Dog: An Argument for the Pet-Friendly Office

Please Hire My Dog: An Argument for the Pet-Friendly Office
From Recruiter - August 12, 2016

Im a product of my generation. Im a millennial, so I love nostalgia, crave constructive communication, and enjoy the freedom to work wherever I want (and get paid for it).

Almost nothing attracts me more to a job than a steady paycheck and a promise of personal and professional growth.

But you know what would really attract me to just about any job?

A pet-friendly office.

Offices around the country have undergone shifts in their cultures as more and more companies focus on new ways to diminish stress and increase profits. Every office tackles the issue differently. For some, the flexible workplace seems to be the answer; for others, its all about letting employees bring their dogs to work.

Millennials are leading this trend, but its not just Gen. Y that can benefit from this culture shift. Employees of every age can reap the benefits of an animal-friendly office, and businesses are finding that this approach not only helps employees feel more comfortable, but also results in substantial company-wide improvements in all departments.

The Shifting Workplace Culture

Millennials are entering the workforce in droves as the economy picks up and more and more baby boomers reach retirement age.

We millennials are a unique group that suffers from underemployment and crippling student debt. Despite our technology addictions, we are surprisingly more empathetic than we are given credit for. When it comes to work cultures, we appreciate communication, new opportunities to learn (instead of the same responsibilities day in and day out), and flexibility. We see our jobs not as previous generations havepaychecks to live bybut as experiences that enrich us.

Because of the values theybring to work, millennials are actively seeking jobs that allow them to step away from constricting cubicles and the typical 9-5. As a result, the nation has seen an increase in businesses that allow employees to work outside of the office.

The key to getting solid work out of millennial employees isnt a strict schedule; its happiness. The University of Southern Californias applied psychology department sees this fact in action in the embraceof the open office. Gone are the days of cubicles and stale environments. Now, companies recognize the importance of employee satisfaction, and numerous studies have shown the positive influence that satisfaction can have on profits and overall company success.

No matter what your age, enjoying your job is important for both your general happiness and your productivity at work. Of course, happiness is subjective and depends greatly on the personality and life of the employee. There are ways, however, that employers can help boostoffice morale. One such way is combating any stressors that might get in the path of a productive employee.

Pets are known to be great stress-relievers in general. Theres a reason whyanimal-assisted therapy is recognized as one of the leading treatments for post-war PTSD and is gaining ground with social workers. Multiple studies have shown that simply petting cats or dogs can be extremely beneficial to a persons health.

But itsnot just a lack of pets that makes us stressed at work. The very environment itself can be stifling for millennials (and others), and bringing animals into the office is a good way to break the oppressive feeling of the office. Pets dont only help us reduce stress; they also help us refashion the workplace for our current cultural needs.

Animals Encourage Communication Between Coworkers

Thebenefits of an animal friendly office dont stop at shaking up the monotony of the traditional office. Pets can also make companies more productive and collaborative.

Have you ever been walking in a park and seen a cute dog? Chances are you then struck up a conversation with the owner, didnt you? If that person didnt have a cute pet to grab your attention, you probably never would have stopped to say anything. Pets are the perfect icebreakers.

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