The office space is set up to be this no-nonsense, super serious environment where people work tirelessly to hit targets, finish projects, and, overall, get the job done. Over time it becomes monotonous. Suddenly, productivity levels begin to plummet, more workers report sick, and take days off; it goes on and on. In the long run, your revenues barely reflect the set goals of the company.
Companies have realized that to stay on course regarding their objectives, they have to keep their staff happy. You may not have enough to accommodate a raise for everyone or to take everyone for expensive retreats several times a year.
But, imagine how much more productive and joyous your office would be if you or were allowed to have pets around?
Pet-friendly workplaces are no longer such a strange thing. In support of a stress-free work environment, companies are evolving to make their office spaces more accommodating for pets. Are you looking to make your office pet friendly, here are some useful ideas on how you can do just that.
Rent or Lease a Pet-Friendly Building
Be honest and straightforward with your leasing agent or landlord and express that your office space will be allowing pets. This way, they aware and can make adjustments or craft parameters within which you should abide by.
A pet-friendly office space is one that doesn’t have wires dangerously dangling near the floor. It has numerous blockades with childproof latches aimed at keeping the pets securely in their designated space of the office. The office features high shelves and storage areas that any pet will find hard to access. It’s also one where everyone is disciplined enough to throw trash in the trash bin as pets can chew and choke on anything they decide to chew on that’s not food.
If the office building you want to lease/rent meets these demands, then yours will be the pet friendliest office space in town.
Take Necessary Health Precautions
Make it a mandatory requirement for all employees who show up to work with their pets to provide proof that their pets have been trained, vaccinated, and that they will not pose any danger to the staff members with whom they share the office space with.
You may also ask that they come with their DPP or record of vaccination, a recent fecal test result, and the name or sample of the pet’s flea medication.
This helps create an office space that is not only pet-friendly but one that’s also safe and accident-free for other pets and for the employees too.
Find an Office Space Close to a Park
If you are scouting for a pet-friendly office, it is more convenient for you to find one that’s not too far from the park. This way, staff members can go hang out there with their dogs or cats or pet chickens during routine breaks.
If you have found the perfect office space, but the nearest park happens to be too far away, how about creating an indoor mini-pet park? A green space large enough for the pets to play around freely, jump without injuring themselves, sleep and exercise is beyond splendid.
A little creativity goes a long way in creating a simple yet accommodating miniature park for pets. This keeps the pets comfortable and happy for the entire duration they spend at their owner’s workplace.
Make Clean Water, Food and Potty Areas Easily Accessible
Pets may not always be able to communicate when they are thirsty or when they want to take a toilet break. They will simply try to find whatever they want and raise tantrums or become moody when they don’t find it.
To save yourself a lot of trouble, it would be convenient and thoughtful to make sure that essentials such as clean drinking water is always accessible in clean bowls for the pets to drink and that it is often replenished daily or as often as necessary. Also, stock up on food/treats and select a corner for poop boxes and poop bags where the pets can freely take a toilet break.
Pets remain their owner’s responsibility inside the office. It is prudent, therefore, for your office space to feature dog gates, cat bags/cages, and leashes. These are only measures designed to guarantee that any pets that aren’t in the designated play area remain under their owner’s control or at a safe distance away from the staff members or sensitive material.
The mentioned measures also guarantee the safety of the visitors, other staff members, and whoever else shares the office space with the pets. Remember that the office space is likely to receive a lot of visitors. To pets like cats or dogs, these are strangers who they are inclined to react against.
So to keep everyone safe, dog gates leashes, and cages help keep the pets under watch.
Invest in Temperament Tags
Some pets will be cozy friendly to their parents but turn into vicious sworn enemies to strangers. There are other pets, however, that do not mind being touched by strangers Just as much as they don’t mind being touched by their owners.
So how do you keep everyone safe and pre-informed of how pets are likely to behave if touched or when talked to? How about a temperament tag or collar? A temperament tag or collar can let others know when to keep away or practice caution when approaching a highly aggressive pet.
People can tell how belligerent or friendly a particular pet is by looking at the color of their tag. This sends a quick signal to anyone on how much caution they should take around the pet.
Rubber Coated Leashes and Tag Silencers
As pet-friendly as the office may be, it remains a space where serious business goes on. Without focus, staff members may end up missing something or making errors that may eventually cost the company or cause great inconvenience.
So to keep the pets around and the employees focused at the same time, you could ask anyone who brings their pets to use rubber-coated leashes instead of noisy chains and to use tag silencers that don’t shake or jingle each time the pet moves.
Ensure Strict Hygiene
Untrained pets may poop and pee anywhere, but this is no excuse to leave the office space dirty, smelly and unattended. You could have the staff clean after their own pets or employ a cleaner to look after the pets and to clear off any ‘toilet accidents’ that happen. Also, keep poop bags, a rug/mop, and sprays nearby to make it easy to clean any soils or spills.
Failure to thoroughly clean the office space, including the pet area, is likely to attract pests and expose you to a long list of health risks. By ascertaining optimum hygiene of your office space, you not only make it office-friendly but also award your staff the resources they need to collaborate and work towards the best results.
A recent report released by Central Michigan University revealed that dogs play a huge role in enhancing trust and collaboration among staff members at the workplace. Another survey by the New York Times showed that pets could help significantly reduce the effects and symptoms of depression. The survey also states that pets can improve morale.
Above are useful ideas on how you can transform your space into a space that your staff members and their pets would love to work in and hangout. There’s, therefore, no doubt that making your office space more pet friendly is likely to bring you more bountiful rewards in the future.
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