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42% of working millennials would enjoy a dog-friendly office

42 percent of those aged 18-34 across the UK would like or enjoy a dog-friendly workplace, finds new research from Purina PetCare.

Companies looking for an edge in attracting the nation’s top millennial talent might want to consider dog-friendly workplace policies given that a quarter (24 percent) of millennials say this would make a company more attractive to them.

Many UK businesses would also like to make their workplaces dog-friendly. More than a quarter (28 percent) of employers would like to put a dog-friendly policy in place while 27 percent already have one.

Business benefits

Nearly all (96 percent) of UK employers with dog-friendly offices have seen the benefits, with nearly half (46 percent) saying the policy created a friendlier atmosphere, while 41 percent found it calmed and de-stressed the office.

Over a third of millennials (36 percent) either have no reservations about having dogs at work or feel that any potential problems would be outweighed by the huge positives. Two-fifths (41 percent) of working millennials believe that having dogs around the office would boost morale.

PAW Alliance

Purina’s Pets at Work (PAW) Alliance encourages firms to become dog-friendly so more businesses, employees and dogs can enjoy the benefits. There is a PAW toolkit with six easy steps for a successful Pets at Work scheme, as well as health and safety advice, responsible pet ownership guidelines and education and advice on workspace requirements.

The toolkit is based on Purina’s own experience creating schemes across Europe and research with multiple businesses about the simplest strategy to bring in a dog-friendly policy and reaping the benefits.

All of this makes a dog-friendly policy easier to adopt and cost-effective. Purina hopes to help 200 organisations open their doors to pets by 2020.

Purina Human Resources Director, Paul Steadman comments: “At Purina we believe that people and pets are better together – especially at work. From our own experience, we know that pet-friendly workplaces lead to a whole range of positive benefits such as higher employee engagement, talent retention, greater wellbeing, higher performance and productivity, increased inspiration and decreased stress.

“Moreover dogs are by nature sociable and affectionate. Coming to work offers them the opportunity to spend more time with their owners and to socialize with other dogs and colleagues.”

“We want to help other UK businesses to adopt pet-friendly policies and reap the benefits by providing a toolkit that helps to simplify the process.”

Brits are encouraged to support the Pets at Work initiative by sharing their own #PetsAtWork stories on social media and downloading the toolkit at: https://www.purina.co.uk/pins/pets-at-work.

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