The Etiquette Of Bring Your Dog To Work Day
With studies showing that pets can reduce stress, improve happiness, and boost morale, more and more startups are allowing people to bring their dogs to work with them.
Some companies will allow dogs in the office every day, while others will designate certain days, such as the official Bring Your Dog To Work Day that occurs in June each year.
If you’re lucky enough to work for a startup with a dog-friendly policy then there are few simple rules you should follow to avoid irritating your coworkers.
Dogs get excited. They may pee in the office. To minimize the risk, make sure your dog has a good walk before work. And be aware that if one dog pees in the office, others will follow.
Bring poo bags. Enough said.
Give your dog a bath the night before. You may not notice if he’s a bit smelly, but your colleagues will.
This is the one day your CEO is certain to venture out of his glass box. Make sure you’re at your desk when he does the rounds.
It’s a great excuse to strike up a conversation with your office crush. Do a bit of research beforehand about the difference between mutts and pedigrees so it sounds like you know what you’re talking about.
Remove anything important from your desk and the surrounding area that could end up inside your dog like the USB stick with the report that’s due tomorrow saved on it.
If your dog isn’t house-trained don’t bring her into the office. The Head of Sales won’t be impressed with your dog jumping all over prospective clients.
Don’t allow your dog to lick, bite, or do anything worse to your boss’s legs.
If you don’t have a dog, it’s ok to borrow a friend’s dog for the day.
Don’t bring in your cat, hamster, snake, or pet slug.