Dogs at the Office: Secret to Work-Life Balance?

Employees enjoy more flexibility when their pets are right at their feet.


Remember when stories about working life weren't all about preventing layoffs, layoff anxiety, the layoff aftermath, surviving a layoff, alternatives to layoffs, and the unemployment rate after massive layoffs? It's Friday, so how about a temporary reprieve from the steady diet with a story on office dogs. Plus, this one has pictures.

At Burgess Advertising and Marketing in Portland, Maine, employees have the freedom to cart their canines to work. Four dogs--Charlie, Moxie, Tar and Dodge--regularly spend the day at work with their owners, reports the Maine Switch magazine. There are real benefits to the practice--one dog owner says it's given her "a lot more flexibility with my time. ... I don’t feel rushed to get home at a certain time.”

"Take Your Dog to Work Day" is June 26. This is the 10th anniversary of the event, which is intended to promote pet adoption. The organizers also say "pets in the workplace boost employee morale, productivity and even sales."

Seems especially relevant now, as there's really no year like this one to boost employee morale.


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