In celebration of Take Your Dog to Work Day, Dr. Ann Clark shares her latest article on the benefits of pets at the workplace featured in HR.com.
On Friday, workplaces around the country open their doors to canine companions on National Take Your Dog to Work Day. Yet maintaining this open-door policy year-round is a growing trend — one my office proudly practices. And while critics may say it’s distracting or silly, today’s professionals are looking for standout workplaces, and pet-friendly perks score big points.
For many young adults, pet parenthood is an identity. Pets offer connection in an increasingly disconnected society, as well as provide empathy, purpose, and belonging. As many Millennials and Gen Z forgo the conventional paths trod by older generations — starting families and owning homes later in life — they’re actually surpassing Boomers in pet ownership. According to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey, 60% of households own dogs, yet among people in their 30s, the rates are closer to 75%.
Read the full article published in HR.com here.