12 April 2016

RESEARCH - Positive Impact of Pets in the Workplace

The first-of-its-kind, Banfield Pet Hospital “Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer” (pets at work barometer) surveyed 1,006 employees and 200 Human Resource decision makers (HR DMs) from a mix of company sizes and industries across
the U.S. early this year.

The survey explored the prevalence, impact and perceptions of pet-friendly workplaces as it relates to employees and company culture.

Until this research, there were no comprehensive studies on the perceptions of employees and HR decision makers at both pet-friendly and non-pet-friendly workplaces on the topic of pets in the office.

Overwhelmingly, responses indicate that pet-friendly workplaces are viewed as highly positive, boosting morale, contributing to talent retention and providing employers with a competitive edge in the recruitment process.

Survey respondents even report that they believe more people would adopt pets if their companies offered pet-friendly office policies.

Responses indicate that dogs are the most common type of pet in pet-friendly
workplaces, with more than 95 percent of employees and HR decision makers saying they are allowed at work. Cats are less acceptable in pet-friendly offices, with only 46 percent of employees and 65 percent of HR decision makers saying they are allowed.

View all the results by downloading the executive summary.

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