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Pets are family, and workspaces that allow pets to come to work with their owners are becoming more and more normal. Most people have hectic lifestyles today, and when they also have to worry about what their pet is doing at home, it created space for distractions. Pets also make awesome additions to working environments in that they create a space where the work unit can operate together as a family.
In order to create
a workspace environment that properly performs at full efficiency, along with
the added benefit of loving pets in the office, certain rules have to be put in
What should you consider before laying down the ground
rules regarding bringing pets to work?
The first thing you need to decide upon is what kind of pets you want to allow in
the workspace. While most companies allow dogs, you need to think carefully
before you allow other animals in as well. Are cats also allowed? And if so,
can you manage to give them a separate space for themselves in case a dog
becomes either too friendly or aggressive? Would you also consider allowing
small reptiles, or guinea pigs, amongst other kinds of pets. In order to avoid
such situations, most company policies allow one or two kinds of animals that
can be brought in as pets.
You should have designated as well as dedicated areas for
pets in the office. Some of these spaces can also be near their owners, but
while making room for pets, you also have to accommodate potential employees
who may not like animals. This can be done by dedicating only certain areas of
the office, which ideally should be enough for the pet or pets to feel free in.
That way, those who do not want to interact with the pets will know which
spaces they should avoid.
What are the basic parameters a pet should meet in
order to be allowed in the office?
These mostly consist of basic requirements that all pet
owners should follow. They include:
- Pets should be vaccinated, and their
vaccinations should be up to date
- Pets should not have fleas and should be
regularly checked by owners to ensure they don't have fleas that can possibly
spread in the office
- Pets should be house trained
- Pets should not be too aggressive towards other
You should also consider the maximum number of pets
that can be allowed in the office in a day. If too many animals crowd the
office, that can also pose a problem at work. Should you find that there are
more employees wanting to bring in pets than you can accommodate in a day, you
can allow for pets to be brought in on alternate or on specific days instead.
What are the basic necessities you must invest in before
you allow pets at work?
Before allowing pets into the office, you have to invest
in certain things that can make their time at the office, as well as yours,
- You should ensure that there are enough water
bowls in all the dedicated pet areas in your office
- They should be a regular supply of food and
snacks for the pets in the office as well
- Ideally you should consult with a veterinarian
regarding the basic medications you should have in the office, in case an
animal falls sick at work
- You should also consider having a dedicated
veterinarian, or a veterinarian that is aware of your pet policy, so that they
can be reached in case there is an emergency
- Remember to keep any and all toxic or poisonous
substances away from where an animal can reach them
- Certain plants are toxic to animals as well,
make sure to do your research on what plants you have in the office, in case it
is one that can cause a bad reaction with a pet
You can also expect that an animal may want to go
outside to either urinate or defecate, so making provisions for pet scoops and
disposable packages will also help you. All of these can be obtained from our
store. We have available all the equipment you may need to build a pet-friendly
office environment. Aside from the basic necessities, pets also enjoy playing
with toys or chewing on snacks. Stop by our store for everything you could need
to make your office space pet-friendly and amazing.
Pets make a great addition to the workplace. As long you take the
necessary steps towards ensuring that any animals brought into your office will
both be welcome and have a pleasant time, then those steps will make a huge