The Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets at Work

Property & CasualtyHave you ever heard of an employer allowing pets at work? According to the Society of Human Resource Management, seven percent of employers now allow pets to come to work with their owners. If you are contemplating implementing a pet policy in your office, it is important to weigh the pros and cons. See below for a list of items to help you make your decision:

Considerations:

  • Are employees allergic to certain pets?
  • Do you have clients coming in and out of your office?
  • Would it be a safety hazard to have animals in the office?
  • If you have an office landlord, do they allow animals in the building?
  • If an animal bites an employee or client, who is held responsible?
  • Is your workplace a suitable environment for a pet? Think of the animal’s health as well.

Pros:

  • Studies show that pets lower stress, and some show that businesses that allow pets at work see higher employee morale and productivity
  • It costs you little to no money
  • There would be less pressure and stress on your employees to hurry home to let their pets out, which allows them to better concentrate on their job
  • It could help soften your company’s corporate image

Cons:

  • Potential biting lawsuits
  • Allergies
  • Distraction to employees
  • Since some people do not like animals, are you going to put yourself in the situation to pick a pet over an employee?

Weighing the pros and cons is a must when deciding whether to implement a pet policy. If employee morale and happiness is important to your company, then allowing pets at work might be something to consider; however, there are many insurance and health implications involved with allowing pets at work. To learn more about protecting your business, visit AssuredPartners NL Property & Casualty.

Sources: NPR, law360

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