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Happy people are more productive. In fact, 13% more productive, according to a study by the University of Oxford. That’s a pretty significant lift. Just imagine the impact happiness has on the output of a team.That’s why Moontide welcomes, and even encourages, our team to bring their pets to work. As long-time advocates of a pet-friendly workplace, we’ve had firsthand experience of the benefits our office pups have had on our environment and offer tips on how to create a similar environment in your own office.

The Benefits of a Pet-Friendly Workplace

Boost Creativity

Those floppy furballs are actually a source of inspiration. Introducing pets into the workplace can ignite creativity by encouraging breaks, which can lead to fresh perspectives and innovative ideas. Pets stimulate the brain by providing a change of scenery and reducing the monotony of office work. This creates an environment where creativity thrives, as employees are more likely to think outside the box and tackle problems with renewed inspiration. In essence, pets can be the catalyst for unleashing (pun intended) the full creative potential of your team.

Increase Productivity

Pets in the workplace can significantly boost productivity. “Whistle While You Work” was more than just a clever tune–it’s a testament to how joy enhances productivity (we like to believe Walt knew exactly what he was doing). Studies have shown that having your pup around can decrease stress levels and increase job satisfaction, ultimately leading to a more efficient workforce. Pets also provide comfort and companionship, creating a positive work environment where employees are motivated and less likely to experience burnout.

Reduce Stress and Increased Happiness

Walks, scritches, waggy tails popping into your workstation is a recipe for happiness. Working with your pet is known to reduce stress and increase happiness by creating a calming effect that helps employees feel more relaxed and less anxious. Plus, pets offer a welcome distraction, giving employees a chance to take a break and recharge. 

Improve Employee Morale

Pets can significantly lift employee spirits. They bring joy and laughter, lightening the mood and creating a more positive work environment. Our four-legged employees serve as a joyful welcome wagon for visitors and a source of soothing tippy tappy white noise. Having a pet-friendly workplace can improve employee retention and attract top talent. It shows that the company values work-life balance and prioritizes employee well-being.

Enhance Team Bonding

Pets rarely know boundaries and often act as social icebreakers, encouraging interaction among team members. They help foster stronger relationships as employees bond over their shared love for animals. This can result in improved collaboration and a more cohesive team. A pet-friendly workplace can also help break down hierarchical barriers, as employees from different levels and departments come together to interact with pets.

Best Practices for Creating a Pet-Friendly Workplace

1. Establish Clear Guidelines

Set clear policies and guidelines to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone. This includes rules about pet behavior, vaccination requirements, and designated pet and pet-free areas.

2. Provide Essential Supplies

Stock the office with essential pet supplies, such as water bowls, pet beds, toys, and cleaning materials. Having these items on hand makes it easier for pet owners to care for their pets and keep the office clean.

3. Ensure Safety and Cleanliness

Safety and cleanliness are top priorities in a pet-friendly workplace. Make sure pets are supervised at all times, and establish protocols for handling accidents or emergencies. Implement regular cleaning routines to maintain a hygienic environment.

4. Communicate with Employees

Open communication is key to a successful pet-friendly policy. Gather feedback from employees and address any concerns. Ensure that everyone is aware of the policies and comfortable with the arrangements.

We’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that pets can have on the workplace and encourage others to give it a shot. Doing so can create a welcoming environment that enhances employee well-being and fosters a more dynamic and enjoyable workplace.

Join the Conversation

Do you have pets at your workplace? Share your experiences and tips with us on Instagram using the hashtag #MoontideAgency and tag us @MoontideAgency. We’d love to see how your furry friends contribute to your office environment!