Is Your Workplace Going to the Dogs? Managing Pet Friendly Policies

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Is Your Workplace Going to the Dogs? Managing Pet Friendly Policies

by Christina M. Michelson on August 26, 2013

Companies are increasingly adopting pet-friendly policies as a way to attract and retain employees. Employers that now accept pets include Google, Amazon and even Congress.

Overall, approximately three percent of workers in the United States are permitted to take their dogs to work. While the figure may seem low, it represents a three-fold increase over just five years ago.

For employers, allowing dogs in the workplace has both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, pet-friendly policies can reduce employee stress, boost morale and help workers strike a work-life balance. On the other hand, dogs can be a distraction and even a liability without the proper rules in place.

One of the most important issues is that not everyone loves man’s best friend. Some employees may suffer severe animal allergies, while others may have a real phobia.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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