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Pets spend so much time waiting for their people to come back from work. And of course, we miss our pets when we go to the office all day too! If you work at Purina you and your pet are very lucky! More than 17 years ago, Nestle Purina started encouraging its associates to bring their pets to work and the program has provided many benefits for employees and their pets through the years.
The pet-care industry leader celebrated national Take Your Dog to Work Day (June 26) by encouraging other companies to join them in this movement and start their own pets at work policy. Purina went all out, planning a day of fun-filled activities for employees and pets at the Purina headquarters in St. Louis, highlighted by an attempt to set a RecordSetter.com World Record for ‘Most Pets in the Workplace in One Day’!
The day-long event included performances by the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Team, pet check-ups by veterinarians, pet photographs by a professional pet photographer and a “Yappy Hour” with ice cream and Frosty Paws cold treats for associates and their pets. Sounds like the best day of the year if you ask me!
Purina is encouraging employers across the nation to take the Pets at Work pledge and help advocate for pet-friendly offices. It’s not just the pets who benefit, the people do too! In a recent survey by Purina and the Mississippi State University College of Veterinarian Medicine, we found among 750 U.S. respondents:
- Almost two out of three employees agree pets should be allowed in the workplace if there is a general consensus among employees.
- 85 percent of employees of companies with pets in the office say that pets at work policies are beneficial.
- 72 percent of employees said that their jobs currently do not allow pets in the workplace o More than half of those who want pets allowed in the office are willing to spearhead efforts to make their workplaces pet-friendly
Does your workplace allow pets all the time? Did you get to celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day this year?
If you want to learn more about starting a pet friendly policy in your office, be sure to visit Pets at Work for helpful information. Once there, you can download a toolkit for employees and employers, share your pets at work story, and see a lot of adorable pets hard at work with their people.