When I had an office job, taking my old dog Charlie to work was a rare treat, God rest his soul.
He had an amazing day at the Warrington Guardian on Bring Your Dog To Work Day back in 2000.
As a freelance working from home, one of the many perks of my job is that I can have a pet, something I could never have done as a staffer… or so I thought.
Now, according to Barking Heads Pet Food, bringing your pooch to work is perfectly normal with one in four dog owners saying they join them in the office.In a survey of 1,000 dog owners, they found 60% were driven to work, nine per cent went on public transport and the remainder walked there.
A third were allowed to have the run off the office and nearly three quarters had their own private space and dog bed.
Office dogs are becoming more and more involved in office social activities too. Almost 30% take their pooch on company runs and to their weekly pub sessions, 20% get invited to summer outings such as picnics and 1 in 20 dogs join in the Christmas party festivities.
Whilst many of those polled in the survey are already abiding by the union rules, it was revealed that almost 10% of office dogs were not given regular comfort breaks during the day, which is what the union intends to address.
Dog owners are being asked to sign up to the Office Dog Union, to accept the union rules and ensure their dogs are receiving the best possible working conditions.
These include tea breaks….
Time out to play with toys…
And somewhere comfy for naps…
Embarrassing dogs by dressing them up is banned…
As the owner of a dog belonging to ‘The Office Dog Union’ I pledge to ensure my dog has the following:
- Access to fresh, clean water at all times
- Private space to move freely with access to a dog bed for naps
- Regular comfort breaks
- Minimum of 30 minutes exercise twice a day
- 1-2 personal toys for leisure time amusement
- 1-2 treats – special doggy ones NOT human chocolates or biscuits – for elevenses and mid-afternoon snacks
- Unlimited holiday and sick leave allowances
- Duvet-days – recommended minimum: 12 per year
- Clearly defined job description e.g. Head of HR, Officer In-charge Of Company Morale, PR and Entertainments Manager, Head of Security, Official Paper Shredder, Personal Trainer, Front of Office Chief…)
- Agreed working hours
- Annual health checks
- Training in emergency evacuation
- Appropriate attire (costume/uniforms only permitted for special occasions – such as Christmas party, special events and in the occasional commercial interest of the business
I think I can safely say I needn’t worry about Daisy taking me to an Inwuff-rial Tribunal any time soon!