June 22 is Bring Your Dog To Work Day. HOWND, the creator of Britain’s favourite day at the office, expects record number of people – and pets – to take part.
Pet product businesses, marketing agencies, a private jet company, an online bingo website and even a regional police force are just a few of the companies to already support the initiative. Dog-loving celebrities have voiced their support too, including Ricky Gervais and Rachel Riley.
Jo Amit, co-founder of HOWND, said: “Since its conception three years ago, Bring Your Dog To Work Day has become a regular staple in the national calendar. Recent figures support this thinking, with employment website Reed.co.uk estimating that 8 percent of employees in Britain have permission to bring their dogs to work”.
“Plus, an American study published in 2012 summarised that dogs at work may make a positive difference by reducing stress levels in staff and increasing their levels of job satisfaction.”
The day aims to raise money for All Dogs Matter. The charity rehomes hundreds of dogs every year in London and Norfolk. Businesses can donate online (minimum of £50) to take part and become a sponsor. Individuals can gift online or via text (minimum of £2 online, or £1 via text).
Bring Your Dog To Work Day also invites participants to use the initiative as a sponsored event to raise funds for charities that are close to their hearts, using the hashtag #BringYourDogToWorkDay.
“We’re overwhelmed with how successful Bring Your Dog To Work Day has become. It’s been amazing to see how many people have posted their dogs at work across all social media in 2014 and 2015,” added Jo.
“Most importantly, it was fantastic to raise money for a cause that has always been close to our hearts – the wonderful work of All Dogs Matter. We’re hopeful that this year will prove even more popular, building on the momentum of 2015.”