One of my employees has asked if she can bring her small dog to work. I have often wanted to bring my dog to work and am wondering if you see a downside to allowing employees to bring dogs to the office?
–– Fido Friendly
I see a huge downside – animal cruelty complaints. If people are up in arms about a certain politician strapping his dog to the car roof, imagine the furor if anyone learns you are forcing innocent canines to spend the day in Cubicle Heck. (I have been told not to say “hell” in this blog).
— Evil Skippy
Some studies say that having pets in the workplace has positive benefits. Legal experts caution that pets may create possible accommodation issues if employees have severe allergies or phobias. Whether or not a pet-friendly workplace is good for your business is going to depend upon your work force (including such factors as its size, emotional maturity, access to open areas for “potty breaks” and the like). I can imagine how a pet friendly policy could create a great work atmosphere – and also destroy it.
Readers? What have your experiences been about pets at work – for better or worse?