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Becoming a Pet-Friendly Workplace


As organizations look to provide perks that will attract and retain key talent, many are coming to realize that offering pet-friendly benefits—whether that means take-your-dog-to-work days, pawternity leave; pet insurance; pet bereavement leave; or animal-related volunteer excursions—can be an effective tool for improving recruitment, morale and even wellness.

More workplaces are thinking about employees' pets and their needs, especially after pet adoption soared during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In fact, SHRM's 2023 Employee Benefits Survey, released June 12, shows that pet insurance is on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 employers (19 percent) of employers now offer the benefit—up from 14 percent that offered pet insurance in 2022.

Why ….

Pets in the Workplace
SixFifty | Feb 2024

Research: The Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Workplace
Harvard Business Review | Nov 2023

Why Pet-Friendly Offices Are Good for Business
Inc. | May 2023

8 Reasons To Make Every Day 'Bring Your Pet to Work Day'
Hppy | Apr 2023

Feel Good Friday: The benefits of having dogs at work
On Office | Feb 2023

The Different Types of Pet-Friendly Workplaces
The Spruce Pets | Mar 2023

How …

Workplace pet policy: Create a pet-friendly environment everybody enjoys
deskbird | Feb 2024

Becoming a pet-friendly workplace
Employee Experience Magazine | May 2023

Considering a Pet-Friendly Office? Here's What You Need to Know
US Chamber of Commerce | Apr 2023

Pets Go to Work: How to Create a Pet Policy for Your Office | Mar 2023

Example Policies

Pets is the Workplace Policy Template

Workplace Pet Policy
Better Cities for Pets

Pets in the Workplace Policy
Pacific Lutheran University

More How-to Resources

Pets at Work Toolkit
Williamson Chamber of Commerce

Pets-at-Work Employer Toolkit

5 Steps to a Pet-Friendly Workplace

Celebrating Pets in the Workplace: Getting Started Checklist

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15 Best Dog-Friendly Companies to Work For
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