Forget working like a dog… it’s time to work WITH them. Chief Lap Warmer, Filing Cabinet Security Specialist, Head of Office Walkies, Fax Fetcher… The day has come to promote all pups to Dogs with Jobs! Nope, we’re not barking mad… Take Your Dog To Work Day falls this June 26th, fetching the perfect oppawtunity to recruit an eager furry new team member to help ease the daily grind. Better yet, celebrate all five days with Take Your Pet to Work WEEK, June 22-26th… Doggone! Or, dog not gone more like… and workplaces worldwide couldn’t be more delighted.
The last working week of June presents the 22nd annual honouring of this glorious celebration with event creator Pet Sitters International encouraging all proud pet parents and businesses to get involved in celebrating our beloved companions. The week also raises much-needed awareness for adoptions via rescue shelters. Not to mention saving our existing pets from a long and lonely 9-5 at home. Plus, who doesn’t want to work with their BFF (Best Fur Friend!) glued to their lap!
It comes as no surprise that research shows having pets at work can increase happiness, productivity; encourages better communication, friendships, and a healthier work/life balance, while decreasing stress and absenteeism. Whether remote working or not, everyone can be included with the new 2020 virtual celebration platform helpfully taking into account any COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. With a bit of planning and some sheer dogged determination, any workplace can be brightened up with puppy love.
Take Your Dog To Work Day 2020 Tips
Get Purrmission! Approach management in advance. Collect a show of support via signatures from fellow pet-loving colleagues.
Be Careful Not to Ruffle Any Feathers! Keep in mind, other staff may have allergies or other aversions so ensure to ask around first.
Get your paw in the door! Host a TYDTWDay fundraiser donating to a local animal charity, shelter or rescue group. Throwing a Doggleganger (pet/owner look-alike) Competition will get the team’s tail’s wagging. If back at the office, host a pet-themed lunch with hot dogs, bone-shaped cookies, and of course, doggie treats. Invite a local animal shelter to (virtually if needed) introduce adoptable pets to the team, or alternatively have a veterinarian or fellow pet-care expert do a talk (separation anxiety post Covid-19 could be a good starting point).
Chief Morale Booster at your service! Canine co-workers will be sure to rescue any yawn-worthy Zoom meeting… smiles all round! Encourage teammates to get involved sharing pics on social media. #cutenessoverload.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie: On the day, keep Fido and Fluffy comfy by pre-packing their bedding; along with toys, water bowl, doggy bag of snacks, leash, poop-pickup bags… and an enzymatic cleaner in case of accidents.
Play like a dog (because they definitely aren’t working like one!): Bring a puzzle feeder, activity, or an interactive toy for your curious pup to sink their teeth into while you work. Regular playtime walkies will help burn their energy out… and keep poops outside of the office!
Raise awareness and funds for pet adoptions through delightful stress-relieving doggies. Win-win! Take your fur baby to work this week. What a treat.