At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 288
The food and nutrition
giant allows employees
to bring their furry friends
into its Gatwick HQ. Pets
have to go through a
check questionnaire (to
the owner!), two behaviour
assessments and a health
check - and those that
pass ith ying colours
gain their pet pass.
able to bring
to work. It
is and that
the pet is
I think dogs
As long as
they can get
air, why not?'
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the socialisation between colleagues
is another advantage of bringing your
dog to work with you, as it not only
encourages others to stop by your desk
to acknowledge the dog, but it also
can provide an ice-breaker with fellow
workers you are yet to engage with.
recent study on dogs in the o ce
by Lincoln university and the Waltham
centre for pet nutrition revealed that
social interaction was a big plus.
'You can't walk past a dog without
bending down to pet it,' says Sandra
Mc une scienti c eader at a tha .
owing dogs into o ces can bring
va uab e bene ts to staff we being
and performance, with the potential
to improve the productivity and
ro tabi ity o any businesses.
Taking your dog to work will also
encourage you to exercise and take
time out in your lunch hour to go for
a walk with your four-legged friend.
ou ay even nd co eagues you
have never spoken to before are
ueuing u at your desk to offer
to take your dog for a walk.
This can only be perceived as a
good thing, especially as research has
shown that remaining seated for too
long is bad for your health, and could
be linked to being overweight.
A dog is a constant reminder to get
up, stretch your legs and take a brief
DOG SITTERS OFTEN
CHARGE £20 PER DAY
- THAT'S £100 A WEEK
SAVED IF YOUR DOG
CAN GO TO WORK
pause from your screen. Such is
the popularity of taking a dog to
work, it is no surprise to hear
that the annual Bring Your Dog to
Work Day is being supported by
a growing number of businesses.
The June event is not just a novelty
day but makes money for two
important animal charities via
sponsorship. It is run by Jo Amit,
co-founder of the award-winning
ethical pet HOWND business.
'The presence of pets in the
work ace de nite y increases ob
satisfaction and team co-operation,
and it reduces stress,' says Jo.
ina y as we as bene ting
humans, the pooches will also gain
from the regular outing.
They will learn to adjust to new
surroundings grow in con dence
about meeting new people (and
perhaps other new friends of the
four-legged variety) and revel in
being a perfect lap dog for the day.
It's a whole new take on a dog's life.
One mess here and they
are out! But, provided your
dog is clean, ell behaved
and toilet trained, they are
welcome to come along
to work. Staff are advised
not to bring their dogs in
every day, though; but once
a eek is absolutely fine.
The rule at this online gift
and gadget retailer is that
while you can take your
dog to work, watch out
as they may be asked
to model in pictures of the
merchandise. Dogs can sit
in on meetings and mingle
with the staff, and all you
as an owner have to do is
make absolutely sure they
don't get their paws on the
luxury ranges that share
their office space.
WORDS: SUZANNE BAUM, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES
Dogs may be the ultimate
fashion accessory, so they
are perfectly at home at
this model agency. Quite a
few of the staff have dogs
and are allowed to bring
them in, provided they are
properly cared for and not
disruptive. There are water
bowls dotted around the
office along ith a doggy
bed area for nap time.