As I sit here by myself today, in a completely abandoned office (…everyone and their mother took today off for some reason!…), I am reminded of a feature story that ran on "60 Minutes" this week. It was about how more companies are becoming pet-friendly (i.e. dog friendly).
I initially thought this was a stupendous idea. (Seriously, how cool would it be to be talking on the phone to a client or vendor, while at the same time petting your pooch?!)
As a dog owner, I know how furry, four-legged companions can make a person feel. (All warm and fuzzy inside.) And, the pro-pet friendly organizations echoed that sentiment. They also suggested that people who are allowed to bring their dogs to work are, in general, more content and more willing to put in extra time when needed.
OK. Great. I’m for it.
Hmmm… but what about the obvious arguments? There are certainly a number of potential pitfalls to the situation like:
…What if co-workers are afraid and/or allergic?
…What about cat owners? (If you know me, you know that was difficult to write. However, IF I loved cats, I’m sure I’d feel angered by not being allowed to bring in my feline friend.)
…What about “accidents?”
…What if dogs don’t get along with other dogs?
You get where I’m going.
If companies establish themselves as pet-friendly employers first and foremost, wonderful. In that situation, potential employees would be able to make the choice if that kind of environment is right for them.
It’s the already established organizations that need to be careful. Change is great and all, but if you don’t have the support from your current employee roster, maybe a pet-friendly environment just isn’t the way to go.
That said, I’d be in.
What do you think? Would you be open to working in a pet-friendly environment?