Nearly 90 percent of employees at pet-friendly workplaces said having pets at work improves their sense of well-being, according to a survey from Banfield Pet Hospital presented by Mars Petcare.
Despite this, many companies are still resistant to implementing pet-friendly policies.
As part of Mars Petcare’s Better Cities for Pets program, the company has launched a new online resource, “Pets Work at Work”, to help companies create a pet-friendly workplace.
Some of the materials include:
- A sample pet policy to help businesses and offices define what works for them;
- Leadership and legal considerations to welcoming pets into businesses;
- How to communicate a pet policy internally and externally; and
- Engaging (and adorable!) signage to post within offices, including welcome posters and a pet-friendly space sign for businesses and offices to use.
“We see firsthand the benefits of having pets at work with our pet-friendly office year-round,” said Casey Coke Murphy, Pet Behaviorist at Mars Petcare. “Pets lower our blood pressure, reduce social isolation, can contribute to lower stress levels and increase communication in the workplace which can ultimately make a job more satisfying for employees.”
The Better Cities for Pets program aims to help create more pet friendly cities in the U.S., and welcoming pets into more places is a key focus area.
By making resources available for any and all employers to download to implement pet-friendly office policies, the company said it is applying best practices and learnings from years of welcoming pets into their corporate offices every day.
For more information on how to create a pet-friendly workplace, to download the Pets Work at Work toolkit, and to learn more about Better Cities for Pets, visit www.bettercitiesforpets.com.