The popularity of pet-friendly workplace policies has been on the rise for some time now, but just how are those policies perceived today? A survey conducted by Purina in May provides some fresh data on the subject.
The survey, published as part of Purina’s Pets at Work Report, examined the attitudes of over 1,000 American employees regarding pets in the workplace. Among the results,
- Employees with pet-friendly workplaces were twice as likely to report being “very satisfied” with their work environment
- Employees with pet-friendly workplaces reported pet-friendly policies as being the second biggest work-related perk
- One third of employees with non-pet-friendly workplaces wished they could bring their pet to work
- 63% of employees with pet-friendly workplaces indicated that they would be more enthusiastic about a prospective employer if they had pet-friendly policies
Both the survey and the Pets at Work report are part of Purina’s two-decade-long effort to promote the value of pets in the workplace.
“Pets bring a wealth of benefits — both physical and emotional — to pet owners and their families, so it’s no surprise those same benefits also apply to the workplace and employees. Whether a pet helps provide a calming sense during a challenging situation or encourages employees to take a walk during their lunch break, here at Purina, we experience the benefits of pets at work every day and want others to as well.”
— Kurt Venator, Chief Veterinary Officer, Purina
The report, along with a digital toolkit for employers looking to adopt pet-friendly policies, is available at the Pets at Work website.