Having a pet in the workplace can help reduce stress levels and boost morale. So, has your business thought about becoming pet-friendly?

It's important for you to consider the interest of all your employees and the welfare of the animals before becoming a pet-friendly workplace. 

Tips to help becoming a pet-friendly workplace

A pet-friendly workplace takes planning and there are a few things your need to consider.

  • Staff may have allergies or a phobia, so it’s important you talk with all staff before allowing pets into your workplace.
  • Is your workplace suitable and safe for pets? You will need to check:
    • exits are not accessible for pets
    • all cables or hazards materials are out of reach
    • access to an outdoor area
    • there is a water bowl or pet bed to ensure the pet is comfortable.
  • Update your policies, guidelines or rules to include bringing pets into the workplace, such as owner responsibilities or pet requirements.
  • Designate pet-friendly areas within a workspace for safety or cleanliness.
  • Check your insurance, just in case of any damage to property or injury.

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