In Canada .. Dogs go to work with their owners (video)

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Daisy, a blonde Labrador, is roaming the Tangsten Collaborative offices looking for something to eat or something to play with. The Canadian company is allowing employees who worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic to bring dogs and pets to its offices.

12-year-old Daisy provokes when visitors come to the company, expressing this by moving her tail.

Next to her approaches Delilah, a greyhound with long, drooping ears, apparently trying to attract attention.

Other dogs including Evie, a gray greyhound and a German Shepherd Hudson puppy that wander for attention, roam the Canadian design firm in Ottawa, which has about a dozen employees.

Daisy is an “integral part” of the company, as its image stands out among the photos of employees posted on the company’s website, along with a brief profile.

“Many of the ideas created by Dave (McMullen, who is the deputy director in charge of design) originated during the long walks he was taking with Daisy,” the company wrote, adding that the dog has “nine years of experience in supporting the best stylists. ”, according to Euronews.

Return of activity

“We encourage employees who have pets to bring them” to the office, company president Bill Dickey told AFP.

The 47-year-old manager continues: “The relationship between the dog owner and his pet is taking place at home, but when a person suddenly returns to his workplace, he has to put his dog in a crate all day or leave it wanders only at home ”. It is considered that this issue oppresses the animal.

He believes the Covid-19 pandemic has made companies more lenient with the issue of bringing pets into offices.

In the company kitchen, water bowls for dogs are lined up on the floor, while animals sometimes sleep under chairs, chew toys or run after a ball that spins through the company corridors.

Bill Dickey explains that including the company name on a list associated with the Animal Welfare Organization includes companies that allow dogs to be present, a step that boosted the company’s commercial activity and boosted employee productivity.

And a recent Pet Stuff poll shows that one in two Canadians (51% of Canadians) support the idea of ​​bringing their dog to their workplace.

Young adults especially appreciate this suggestion, with 18% of employees aged 18-24 saying they would leave if the company they worked for refused to bring their dogs to their office.

And business owners may be forced to tolerate their employees, as the number of Canadians who adopted a cat or dog during the pandemic reached nearly two hundred thousand people.

“Reduce work pressure”

Some employees, including 29-year-old Johan van Houl, see this new principle as a “key factor in his decision to accept” a job with Tangsten Collaborative last year.

The owner of Effie, who was looking for a job at a “not too big” company, told AFP that “allowing dogs is a good indicator” of the company’s culture.

As for the Chandos Bird joint venture, also in Ottawa, the developers of a nuclear research lab are excited by the presence of Samson, a decade-old blonde Yorkshire Terrier.

The dog owner, Trevor Watt, did not want to leave his pet alone in his new home when it was time to return to attendance work in January.

Bringing the dog to work was supposed to be a temporary solution, but the dog, in addition to adapting to office life, also won the love of his owner’s colleagues who go out for walks with him.

Trevor Watt says his dog “likes to come to work”, stressing that he “does not feel more worried about it”.

For employer Byron Williams, petting a dog is a great way to “relieve the stress an employee feels after attending an important business meeting.”

However, the presence of dogs in the workplace presents some challenges, as there are employees who are allergic to animals or others who are afraid of them.

Samson is held in chains when a Trevor coworker who is afraid of dogs is at work.

Employees of other companies express to Agence France-Presse their dissatisfaction with the presence of dogs in the workplace for several reasons, most importantly that these animals leave marks on carpets, bark a lot and spill their resin everywhere.

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