If you’re lucky enough to get to bring your pet to work like us, there are some basic guidelines that everyone should follow, whether or not they have been formally addressed. Everything boils down to respect for your coworkers (and customers, if that’s the case) when bringing a pet to the office.
We like to think that we are respectful, but sometimes we don’t notice every last detail about our pets or our behavior. Here are some of the main things to consider:
- Loud toys: Occasionally, I hear a squeak toy going crazy from somewhere on the other side of the building. Not only does it get my dog all riled up, but I can’t imagine anyone else appreciating the sound, especially those who are on the phone! If you are going to bring toys to work, be sure that they are quiet ones.
- Noise level: While we are talking about noises, it’s very important to keep your dog (or cat) quiet as well. Whining or barking is distracting and can quickly become annoying to your coworkers.
- Smell: Be sure that your pet has recently been bathed. If you bring in a stinker, your coworkers may not say something, but they certainly are thinking about it! Allow them to have a pleasant working experience by only bringing your pet when he’s not super stinky.
- Personal space: Sure, Fido is super people-friendly and loves to go up to everyone and give them a huge kiss, but this doesn’t mean that the person on the receiving end is quite as excited about the ordeal. Keep Fido to yourself, unless someone explicitly approaches your dog to give him some attention. Over time, you will get a feel for which coworkers like some dog-time during the day, and which would prefer your dog to stay in his bed.
After working in a pet-friendly office for almost two years, these are just a few topics that stand out to me. Do you have more to add?