Imagine a future where pets and people are better together, even at work! A future where taking your dog to work is the norm for most people and not a privilege just for a few.
At Purina, we passionately believe that pets and people are better together. We want more people to experience all the amazing benefits that pets bring: from improved health to happier workplaces. That’s why we’ve made championing Pets at Work one of our 10 ‘Purina in Society Commitments’. Our goal is to help 200 companies across Europe to become pet friendly by 2020. In this page you will discover the proved benefits dogs bring to the workplaces and to employees, clarify all your doubts on how your company or the one you work for can become dog friendly and set your own Pets at Work Scheme!
A great success!
Purina’s 2020 commitment is to make 200 companies across Europe pet friendly. Up to date, 22 countries have established Pets at Work Programme in our own offices and more than 80 companies across Europe have been supported to become pet friendly!! Today dogs from France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, UK, and many other countries, can tell how pawonderful it is to go to work with their fellows! To celebrate this success and to celebrate the companies that joined the PetsatWork Alliance we are happy to share this funny video that shows… international business dogs at work!!
Pets at Work Programme
Our colleagues have told us that being able to bring their dogs to work has multiple benefits for their pets as well as for their colleagues at work. So after experiencing it within our Purina offices for many years, we decided to support more organisations to become pet-friendly. We have developed a framework and approach for other companies to follow and enable their employees to bring their pets to work. This approach has been tested at our Purina offices, local Nestlé offices and even at some of our factory offices. As part of our programme we have developed a Pets at Work Toolkit which covers the approach to creating a pet friendly workplace. Content ranges from how to engage your employees to how to look at health and safety and how to organise your building to prepare for pets at work. Our aim is to help external partners implement this programme which can also be tailored by country to reflect local requirements.
Our Alliance Partners
What our partners think about the PetsatWork Programme? Ogilvy, an International Communication and Marketing Agency has been the first in Spain to join the Pets at Work Programme in 2018 with their office in Barcelona. Jordi Urbea, General Manager Ogilvy Barcelona, has been the engine that allowed us to bring the Pets At Work Programme in their offices. After the positive consultation with his employees Jordi took the decision of implementing the programme, tailored according the structure of the office and the teams work. Watch the video to learn Ogilvy’s experience and get the inspiration to become dog friendly!
Pets in the workplace bring many business and health benefits
In Purina we’ve seen first-hand how dogs help reduce stress, encourage socialising and get us moving. They have a positive impact on the office atmosphere and act as a great icebreaker when talking to new people. Being in the office has a positive effect on the dogs too. Dogs are by nature social and affectionate and coming to work offers them the opportunity to spend more time with their owner and to socialise with other dogs and colleagues. If you’ve never experienced Pets at Work for yourself, you might be wondering why we’re so passionate about welcoming pets into the workplace. Researches show that having pets in the workplace makes people happier, calmer and more productive, among many other benefits. In this short video we explain few of the benefits that dogs bring into the workplaces. To discover more, continue reading.
Boosting employee wellbeing
Studies have shown that there’s a huge appetite amongst European employees for Pets at Work – but very few companies are pet-friendly. When we asked people about the perceived benefits, here’s what they told:
- Dogs help to reduce workplace stress
- Pets at Work creates a more relaxed environment
- It improves collaboration, facilitates connection and motivation
- Encourages productivity and socialisation
- Promotes work-life balance
- Saves money on daily pet care and encourages pet ownership
From companies’ point of view, there are many other benefits to take into account:
- Pets at Work is seen as a privilege and benefit
- It increases attraction and retention of talent
- Having Pets at Work is perceived as forward-thinking and people-centred
- It creates an inclusive and interactive atmosphere
- Proof of higher performance, productivity and inspiration among employees
Researches prove the benefits of Pets at Work
In collaboration with Lincoln University and IPSOS
In 2019 Purina sponsored the Lincoln University research:
“Taking Dogs Into the Office: A Novel Strategy for Promoting Work Engagement, Commitment and Quality of Life”
According to the results of this research, employees who often take their dog to work report:
An European survey conducted by Purina in 2017 on pets in the workplace reflected an increasing trend for a pet-friendly working environment.
REDUCE STRESS AT WORK