Businesses across the country will be taking part in the sixth annual Bring Your Dog To Work Day tomorrow and us too. Now, we are very lucky that every day is Bring Your Dog To Work Day at our rehoming centres but this is a great way to get colleagues and their four-legged friends together and help raise money for a worthwhile cause at the same time.
What are the benefits?
- Scientific studies suggest that having a dog in the workplace can substantially reduce a person’s stress level.
- Increased job satisfaction, team cooperation, and increase morale have been reported with employees who are able to spend their workday with their dogs.
- A study by the International Journal of Workplace Health Management (2010) concluded that the presence of a dog in the workplace even had a positive impact on those employees who didn’t have their own dogs.
So as well as raising money for a good cause, having a dog in the workplace help increase productivity and happiness to lots of employees within the company.
Already Have a dog-friendly office?
You can still take part! Take a selfie, donate to a cause close to your heart and share it with both the charity and using the hashtag #BringYourDogToWorkDay
Is your workplace not suitable?
Don’t miss out on the fun! Join in by making a donation to your chosen charity and share your company logo with them and post it using the hashtag #BringYourDogToWorkDay
Remember to share your photos
If you are taking part please remember to share your day with us and use hashtags #BirminghamDogsHome and #BringYourDogToWorkDay so we can see just how much fun you are all having
Some HR Guidelines
- Businesses and individual’s that participate in Bring Your Dog To Work Day should follow these basic guidelines to make sure everyone involved has a safe and enjoyable time
- Written consent should be obtained from every office employee ahead of Bring Your Dog to Work Day.
- Owners are responsible for controlling their dogs at all times.
- Businesses must have the correct employee insurance.
- Bring Your Dog To Work Day is not responsible for keeping employees safe.
- An accurate record of all dogs in the workplace should be kept. Individuals need to gain the permission of their employers to bring their dogs to their place of work.
- Each dog coming to the workplace should be kept on a leash while walking in the building as well as outside and should have an identity tag with the owner’s contact details.
- Determine if any employees are allergic to dogs Respect those employees who may not feel comfortable around dogs.
- Dogs should be clean and well-groomed ahead of their day at work. Keep the workplace clean and adhere to all hygiene standards.
- Dogs should be well socialised ie good natured and comfortable around dogs and people.
- Each participating employee should bring a ‘Dog Packed Lunch’ - including treats, toys, a lead, water bowl, and food.
- Each participating employee should also bring appropriate bedding for their dog - ie dog basket, mat or rug - just so the working day is as comfortable as possible!
Posted: June 20, 2019