This Friday, there’s going to be a little more barking and growling than usual in offices across the country. That’s because June 23 is the 19th annual PSI’s Take Your Dog To Work Day® (TYDTWDay).
Take Your Pet To Work Week™ is also being celebrated from June 19 through 23 so that offices closed on Friday and pet parents of other species can participate.
TYDTWDay is observed every year on the Friday after Father’s Day. It was created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International (PSI) as a way to “celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs,” according to PSI.
This year’s TYDTWDay theme is “One work day can change a pet’s entire life.” It doesn’t mean that your pet will be inspired to pursue a career, but that by having pets in the workplace, people who witness that special human-pet bond will want to adopt furry friends of their own.
PSI is also using the TYDTWDay campaign to raise awareness and funds for Pets for Patriots, a nonprofit that helps veterans and military members adopt the most overlooked shelter pets. You can make an online donation here.
Unfortunately, some employers have to say no to TYDTWDay because of building codes, liability issues, allergies and other legitimate reasons. But your company still can celebrate by having a pet photo contest or a fundraiser for a local shelter.
To convince your employer to observe Take Your Dog to Work Day, here are three helpful talking points.
1. Dogs Boost Employee Morale
Studies prove that dogs in the workplace can boost employee morale, increase productivity and even help improve sales. Employees say having dogs around increases their creativity, decreases their absenteeism and enables everyone to get along better.
A 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University study found that employees who brought their dogs to work had lower levels of cortisol, a stress-increasing hormone.
2. Pet-Friendly Workplaces Are Trendy
More and more workplaces are allowing employees to bring their dogs, including the offices of Google, Mashable, Etsy and Ben & Jerry’s. A 2015 Society for Human Resource Management survey found that 8 percent of American workplaces are pet friendly (up from 5 percent in 2013). This number is expected to continue growing as millennials — who will soon surpass baby boomers as the largest pet-owning generation, according to PSI — will make up almost half of the workforce by 2020.
3. Employees Stay Longer When Dogs Are Around
This fact should really seal the deal: 46 million people said that when they bring their dogs to work, they work longer hours, according to a 2008 survey by the American Pet Products Association.
Good luck! Here’s hoping everything goes so smoothly that your employer will decide that every day will be Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Photos: Pet Sitters International