Petco Celebrates Pets at Work Day
Petco is celebrating the benefits of pet-friendly workplaces on its second annual National Pets @ Work Day (April 19). Petco’s National Pets @ Work Day celebration is designed to encourage more businesses to embrace a pet-friendly environment and raise awareness of the mutual benefits of a pets at work culture.
“On National Pets @ Work Day, we celebrate the benefits of having pets in the workplace as well as the growing number of employers that recognize these benefits, in terms of boosting team morale, reducing stress, increasing productivity and creativity, and improving employee health,” said Petco CEO Brad Weston. “With this day, our goal is to encourage more employers to make their workplaces pet friendly.”
According to the Society of Human Resource Management, only seven percent of employers allow pets to come to work with their pet parents, up from five percent in recent years. Numerous studies show that bringing pets to the office can help improve employee health, reduce stress, increase productivity and promote creativity, enhance socialization among co-workers and improve productivity.
Over the years, Petco has developed simple guidelines for pet-friendly workplaces. For employers, it’s important to create a thorough policy for bringing pets to work. Employers should first consider their requirements of pets and pet parents such as vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and licensing and leashing, as well as setting clear guidelines and expectations for pet housing, such as pet gates, small habitats and aquariums.