1) GET MANAGEMENT ON BOARD
Be sure to engage management upfront, so you have full support for your program from the top down. At Purina, our Site Services group maintains the program, but different workplaces will have different staff that will need to be involved. Start by reading our tips for getting your boss on board.
While management is important, so is employee enthusiasm. Talk to your co-workers and encourage any advocates at your workplace to stand behind you. If you’re an employer, read our tips for getting your employees excited about pets at work.
2) TALK TO BUILDING MANAGEMENT
If your company owns the building, it is best to approach your senior management team to seek approval for letting pets into the office. If your company is leasing office space, we recommend speaking to your senior management team to approach the building management to discuss the possibility of becoming pet friendly.
It is best to be prepared with a checklist and draft pet procedure for your meeting - we’d recommend using an example of other pet friendly organisations. Be prepared to talk about creating legal documents so that any risk involved isn’t solely on the property owner.
3) FILL IN ALL NECESSARY LEGAL DOCUMENTS
You will need any employees who want to bring their pet into work to sign a liability waiver. This will help everyone understand any risks involved in bringing pets to work, and means employees agree to be accountable for any legal situations that could arise. This also removes liability from the company.
4) WHAT DOCUMENTS SHOULD EMPLOYEES PROVIDE BEFORE BRINGING THEIR PET INTO THE OFFICE?
For health reasons, it’s vitally important to make sure that employees who bring pets to work submit their pet's most up to date vaccination certificate and flea and intestinal worming regime. It is recommended that dogs visiting the office should have a C5 and cats should have a F4 vaccine.
We’d recommend waiting until young puppies or kittens have had their full regime of vaccinations before they come to work.
5) ADAPT YOUR FACILITIES
If you don’t own your facility, check with your landlord to make sure you can start a Pets at Work program. Find tips for doing so in our FAQ.
If you do own your facility, determine whether you want to enhance your space to further integrate pets.
About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre
The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.