Allowing our employees to bring their pet to the office each day has created a work environment that is happy, collaborative and highly efficient.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 17, 2011
While the expression, “working like a dog,” is well-known, employers have an opportunity to turn that on its head by inviting employees to “work with a dog” on Friday, June 24th as companies across the nation celebrate “Take Your Dog to Work Day!” Started in 1999, this day provides much joy into the daily activities of a bustling office. And while celebrated just once a year, research from the American Pet Products Manufactures Association (APPMA) continues to show the ongoing, positive benefits of a pet presence within the office. A clear majority of workers surveyed by APPMA felt that having pets in the workplace lead to a more creative environment, lessened absenteeism and improved the relationship between managers and employees.
Petplan, America’s top rated pet insurance company proudly participates in “Take Your Dog to Work Day” but not just on an annual basis. Every day is “Take Your Dog to Work Day” at Philadelphia-based Petplan as the company promotes the physical and emotional benefits – for both pet parent and pets – of sharing time with your favorite four-legged companion.
“Encouraging our employees to bring their pets to work helps to foster a uniquely creative work environment,” says Natasha Ashton, Co-Founder of Petplan. “Happy employees are productive employees and this ‘perk’ certainly has given us a distinct advantage in attracting new talent. So many prospective employees place a real premium on being able to bring their pets to work as it provides more quality time with their beloved companions and reduces care costs such as dog walkers or pet sitters. Most importantly though, we have found that sharing our office with our pets serves to reaffirm our strong commitment to the good health of pets – both our own and our policyholders’ pets.”
Ground rules regarding pets in the office help to ensure that pets and people work together harmoniously, which is why Petplan developed its “Pets at Work Pledge.” Used by its own employees, Petplan’s “Pets at Work Pledge” is also available via Petplan’s Vets for Pets Blog to companies that are looking to develop pet-friendly policies. This pledge not only sets parameters for a pet’s presence in the office but also, makes employees aware of the inherent dangers that the workplace can pose. A few key rules highlighted in Petplan’s “Pets at Work Pledge” include:
- Healthy Paws: All pets must be current on their vaccinations and receive monthly flea and tick treatment.
- Manners Please: Pets must be socialized and well-behaved. Aggressive behavior towards employees or other pets will not be tolerated and any pet exhibiting such behavior will be asked to leave.
- Port a Potty: Dogs and cats must be housebroken. In the event of an accident, any damage is the responsibility of the pet parent. “Three strikes and you’re out!”
- Going Solo: Pets must be supervised at all times to prevent injury and distractions to co-workers. If you know that you will be absent from the office for a long period of time, do not bring your pet that day.
“We are a pet-loving and pet-friendly company focused on providing the best in pet health,” says Ashton. “Allowing our employees to bring their pet to the office each day has created a work environment that is happy, collaborative and highly efficient. Everyone can use a little love from their favorite companions – especially in the office – and we are happy to help provide that to our valued employees every day.”
As America's top-rated pet insurance provider, Petplan, through one or more licensed insurers, offers customizable policies to meet any coverage requirements and budget for pets of all/any age. The policies offered by Petplan cover all hereditary and congenital conditions for the life of the pet – without dollar limits per condition. For information, visit http://www.GoPetplan.com or call 1-866-467-3875.