Today, Friday 23rd June 2017, is Take Your Dog to Work Day and businesses across the UK will be welcoming four-legged members of staff into the workplace. Dogs have been man’s best friend far back into pre-history when they became domesticated by choosing to live and work alongside mankind.
From the very beginning, they worked alongside us, hunting and tracking and even keeping us safe at night by prowling and barking when danger reared its ugly head. In modern day, this relationship has been forgotten, and the poor pooch is now left to sit at home while we go about our daily business. Take your dog to work day is set to change this old policy back again, and bring the happy puppy back into our daily work lives.
Take Your Dog to Work Day was created by Pet Sitters International and first celebrated in 1999. The day was created to encourage businesses to allow dogs in the workplace for one Friday each year to celebrate the great companion’s dogs made and promote their adoptions from local shelters, rescue groups and humane societies.
Even if you already take your dog to work, you, your business or any dog-loving employee can become an official sponsor by donating online or by text and uploading your company logo (businesses) or pooch selfie (individuals), on our website. All proceeds this year go to dog rescue charity, All Dogs Matter, a charity that rehomes hundreds of dogs every year in London and Norfolk and Animals Asia, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of dogs, cats and bears in China and Vietnam.
As well as raising funds for a great cause, Bring Your Dog to Work Day could have some positive benefits for employee productivity and wellbeing. Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace. Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in employees that spend the workday with their pets. So in addition to raising funds, Bring Your Dog To Work Day is likely to boost the productivity and happiness of the employees within your company, and it means hundreds if not thousands of pets around the UK can now go to work alongside their humans!