Pets in the Workplace

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Why more and more businesses are opting to invite Fido to work—and how to furnish space to accommodate four legged friends.

A 2012 study by the Virginia Commonwealth University found that those who brought their dogs to work reported lower stress levels and increased job satisfaction, not to mention a more positive perception of their employer.

Which is one reason why it’s becoming more and more common for employers to allow their workers to bring well-behaved pets to work. According to a recent article in Inc, dog owners who were allowed to bring their dog to work reported higher perceived organizational support—which means the feeling that an employer truly values his or her personal and professional development.

That same article says that half of those who brought their dogs to work reported increased productivity. Other benefits include petting therapy, exercise during the day and better communication skills. But regardless of the benefits, it’s important to take the appropriate measures to prepare the office space for furry friends.

Rightsize Account Manager Aryn Shaw provided us with a few ideas for accommodating a pup in the workplace. She said it all comes down to furnishing an office with durable finishes, for both the furniture and the accessories.

“Start with tile carpet so it can be replaced,” says Shaw. That way you can account for any accidents. A polished concrete floor would also work nicely to avoid too much upholstery, and easily accommodate dusty paws or spills.

Then, when it comes to fabrics, always opt for materials that are strong and long-lasting.  “Use a commercial grade indoor/outdoor fabric that is more durable to handle any animal paws.” She also recommends vinyls rather than genuine leathers. Ultimately, with pets in the workplace, the more durable finishes, the better.

About Rightsize:

Rightsize Facility Performance, headquartered in Chicago, IL, is a nationwide office interiors and facilities services firm serving corporate clients in transition. Founded in 2004, Rightsize employs an industry leading “Design/Furnish” approach to ensure seamless workplace transitions and is a single source for interior design, furniture procurement, delivery and installation, asset disposition, facility decommissioning and ancillary project services.  Through its Office Furniture Center brand, which and a 200,000-square-foot showroom, Rightsize also provides a single source for quality workstations, desks, seating, filing, conference and reception furniture. For more information please

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