Are pets a distraction in the office?
Studies show that allowing pets to be in the office is a stress reliever for employers, but it also comes with liability for the company. Almost all of my employees have dogs and some have asked to work remotely part of the week because they don't have help with their pet during the day. I prefer to have my employees in the office for the majority of the week. Should I allow our space to be pet-friendly?
Yes, I used to bring my lab to work and yes he took up a lot of time. He was definitely a distraction in our office.
What a great question! Pets at work are becoming increasingly popular, because they can help attract Millennial employees and as you note, improve workers' well being. This HuffPost article provides some good information and examples:
I think a controlled environment, where pets are welcome within certain parameters (perhaps a special pet area with a dedicated supervisor, just like onsite day care for kids), could work well ~ especially for a gaming company! Pets seem to go hand-in-glove with such an enterprise. I suggest you research how other businesses in similar fields have introduced pets into the workplace, and follow their lead as it applies to your business. Good luck!
It depends on the interior space & setup of the office. An open concept space or an office with a lot of activity & movement is not a good situation. There is liability, distraction, allergies......I would say no to pets at the office.