A UK job board, CV-Library, conducted a study on cats and dogs in the workplace. I am a fan of being allowed to take your cat or dog to work but it won’t suit every cat quite obviously and neither will it suit some employees mainly because of a cat allergy or because they are a distraction. An agreed (between employees and managers) and well thought out method for cat and dog care in the office needs to be worked out to make it function.
However, in Bristol, UK, one in five workplaces allow pets to come to work with their owner. That’s 20%. Here are some stats in brief:
- 31% of employees would like more companies to allow cats and dogs at work.
- 75% of pets at work are dogs and 13% are cats.
- 23% of people expected to be in work in the future would like to see pets at work. More precisely they’d be more likely to apply for a job at a business which allows pets.
- 13% of employees have complained about pets at work.
- 46% of women believe cats at work relieve stress and 40% of men believe that pets at work are a distraction.
- 21% of women believe that pets make them appear more friendly while 14% of men have this belief.
- 19% of men believe pets at work are annoying.
- In order to stand out there appears to be a trend by businesses to consider allowing pets at work. Between men and women, women are more predisposed to the idea.
- Where a cat or dog is at work it is important to establish mutually agreed and clear methods to deal with cat and dog care.
In general it would appear that the trend is towards pets at work because it is agreed to be positive for businesses.