Pets in the Workplace is Now a Thing

Posted by Allie Layos
Inc

It is becoming more common for companies to allow pets in the workplace.

In fact, according to a 2015 Society for Human Resource Management survey, eight percent of American workplaces now allow employees to bring their pets to work, a number that is up from five percent in 2013.

Why this change in policy? Millennials, of course. Within the next three years, millennials will surpass baby boomers as the largest pet owning generation, and allowing employees to bring their pets to the office is a great way for companies to attract young talent.

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In an interview with CNBC, Bob Vetere, president and CEO of the American Pet Products Association, said that companies are finding there are other benefits, too.

"Employers are starting to realize that having a millennial bring ... a pet to work, you wind up getting a more focused employee, you get someone more comfortable at the office and a person willing to work longer hours."

Amazon, Etsy, Google, Bissell, Clif Bar, and Petco are just a few of the large companies that are allowing pets at work. And, at many companies, the pets aren't just allowed, they are celebrated, with pet play groups, play areas, and even free services like pet training, walking, and grooming.

"We're really focused on celebrating the dogs," said Lara Hirschfield, facilities manager at Amazon's Seattle headquarters.

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And there are many to celebrate, since more than 2,000 canines regularly join Amazon's 25,000 human employees on campus.

According to Sarah Starpoli, Etsy's manager of culture and engagement, Etsy offers a similar culture, with pets allowed at their Brooklyn and Hudson, New York offices, as well as their offices in London and Dublin.

"Millennials make up a lot of our workforce," Starpoli said. "As the population has increased in our offices, the dogs have grown with us. People want it."

To pet lovers everywhere, that should come as no surprise.

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Pets in the Workplace is Now a Thing