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June 23, 2011

Work with a dog this Friday – June 24th!

Filed under: General HR Buzz,Work/Life Balance7:29 am

“I worked like a dog today!” “These are the dog days of summer!” You may have said this to yourself more than once. But this Friday, work with your dog. “Take Your Dog to Work Day” is an annual event sponsored by Pet Sitters International. The organization encourages companies to participate to raise awareness of the many animals in shelters that need new homes.

The website has suggestions for ways you can get involved, including hosting an event at your company and tips for success on the big day. Some tips include ways to win over your boss, checking with co-workers to make sure they have no objections, to coordinating a pet sitter to help out with walks throughout the day. Make the event fun by having a contest to name the most talented or laziest pet. Host a lunch for everyone who participates with, what else… hot dogs!

Here are some facts to help in making a business case for your company to participate. According to a recent survey by The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association:

  • 55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment
  • 53 million believe having pets in the workplace decreases absenteeism
  • 50 million believe having pets in the workplace helps co-workers get along better
  • 38 million believe having pets in the workplace creates a more productive work environment
  • 32 million believe having pets in the workplace decreases smoking in the workplace
  • 37 million believe having pets in the workplace helps improve the relationship between managers and their employees
  • And, 46 million people who bring their pets to the workplace work longer hours

(Source: APPMA 2006 Survey)

For more information or to register to participate, click here.

Finally, a list of the top 10 most unusual dog names (According to Veterinary Pet Insurance)

1. Rush Limbark
2. Sirius Lee Handsome
3. Rafikikadiki
4. Low Jack
5. Meatwad
6. Peanut Wigglebutt
7. Scuddles Unterfuss
8. Sophie Touch & Pee
9. Admiral Toot
10. Spatula



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