Created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International to encourage adoption of shelter pets, the annual event encourages employers to allow their workers to bring their dogs to work for one day a year.
Nearly one in five companies allows pets in the workplace. According to a survey in 2006 by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, millions of employees feel that bringing a pet to work leads to a more creative environment, decreased absenteeism, improved productivity, and improved employee relationships. Employee morale and even sales have been shown to be improved by having pets in the workplace.
Suggestions for celebrating the day:
Charge employees $5 for the privilege of bringing in their dogs – donate the money to a local shelter.
Educate employees on the advantages of pet ownership.
Ask local pet-related businesses to donate items for a raffle – donate the money to a local shelter.
Post photos of employees with the dogs around the office or on the company’s website.
Host an evening party where employees can bring their dogs if the company cannot allow dogs to come to the workplace.
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