By Aurus Sy
Published: 06/25/2021, edited: 06/25/2021
Leaving your canine companion when you go to work has always been your least favorite part of the day. Even if you’ve made sure that they’ve gotten their morning walk and you’ve hidden treats around the house to keep them entertained while you’re gone, those puppy dog eyes peeking out the window never fail to get you as you’re pulling out of the driveway. If only your workplace allowed dogs…
Why not talk to your employer about it? Just because your company doesn’t allow furry friends in the office now doesn’t mean that things can’t change. If you’re up to the task, here are some ways to help convince your boss to welcome dogs at work.
Before you pitch the idea to your boss, see if any of your coworkers are also interested in bringing their canine companions to work and if they would be willing to help you out with the initiative. If you can show your boss that several employees are on board with the idea, they might be more willing to consider it. Be sure to listen to coworkers who may have reservations about bringing dogs to the office as well. Note down their concerns and figure out ways to address them.
Studies have shown that bringing canines to the office comes with a host of benefits, not just for the dogs, but also for the employees and the company as a whole. Make a strong case for having four-legged employees at work with the following information:
Benefits for the company
Benefits for employees
Benefits for dogs
So your boss is almost convinced that having dogs in the office is a puptastic idea, but they’re worried about the amount of effort it would take to establish the program. Seal the deal by offering to help create the policy. You can find free templates online, which you can then customize to your company’s needs and send to your HR department.
Some of the guidelines that need to be included in a dog-friendly policy are:
If your boss is still on the fence, a trial period is a good way to show them the benefits of having dogs in the workplace. Test things out for at least a week with a few pups. This also lets you see whether your ideas work or not, giving you an opportunity to fix any issues that you may have overlooked.
Persuading your employer to open the office doors to canine coworkers may take some effort. But if you stay enthusiastic, persistent, and helpful, it won’t be long until you win them over. Good luck!
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