- Staff must fill out a survey about their dog’s habits.
- An independent specialist guides the dog through 12 simple exercises, including a test of how it reacts to new people and its ability to follow simple requests. The dog must also undergo a full health check.
- The dog then gets a three-month probationary period, during which the company checks its behaviour to make sure it gets on with everyone.
Nothing lights up a room quite like a cute puppy. As soon as one comes bounding in, everyone stops what they’re doing and crowds around, waiting for their turn to play with it. Many companies have noticed the positive effect that dogs have on their staff, and schemes like Bring Your Dog to Work Day are becoming more popular. But before you rush to the nearest shelter, here’s what you need to consider… Ask your staff Do an anonymous survey among your employees to find out how they’d feel about having dogs around. This will let you find out if any of your staff are allergic to dogs, are afraid of them, or simply find them too distracting. Remember that not everyone is a dog person, and no one should feel uncomfortable while at work. Come up with a clear policy Once you’ve got feedback from your employees, make a policy that lays down guidelines for bringing dogs to work. Decide if you’ll allow staff to bring their dogs in every day, or only on certain days. For example, the last Friday of the month. Nestlé’s HQ in Gatwick is arguably the most dog-friendly workplace in the UK. Since 2015, staff have been able to take their four-legged friends to work with them, but only after both dog and human complete a three-step assessment: