49 per cent of us own a pet, with a quarter of us owning a dog. With longer working hours, we often have difficulty finding time to spend with our pets.
Bring Your Dog to Work Day is an excellent opportunity to encourage workers to bring their pet pooches into the office and work alongside them. This year, we are joining in on the celebration, helping set records and putting 15 dogs to work for the day.
For a good cause
Bring Your Dog to Work Day is not just about inviting dogs into offices – it is a nationwide event that also raises money for charities. This year, the event is supporting All Dogs Matter – a charity that rescues and rehomes more than 300 dogs a year in London, Norfolk and surrounding areas with just three members of staff – and Animals Asia, which is combating the dog and cat meat trade in the East.
Both charities are dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of animals. As a large part of our business involves facilitating insurance for the wellbeing of pets throughout the UK, it is a mission we are proud to get involved in.
Working hard or hardly working?
While raising funds for charities is great, Bring Your Dog to Work Day is also a fantastic opportunity to benefit employees. Scientific studies have long proven there are a variety of health benefits from owning a dog, including: improving heart health, lowering anxiety and blood pressure, increasing serotonin and dopamine levels and even detecting illnesses.
In office environments, stress levels can run high. With dogs around, we can benefit from increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and a boost in morale – all from simply spending the workday with our pets.
This year we are taking our participation one step further. We are joining a live webinar to set a brand-new doggy record: having the most dogs on a single video conference call.
If you would like to join the webinar, please do! The only requirements are a human with a reliable internet connection, webcam and audio headset – as well as a dog, of course. There is no charge to join and any donations to dog approved charities will also be welcome.
On the day
This June 21, we will be playing host to fifteen four-legged friends. Our headquarters are set to be overrun with our latest recruits, and throughout the day we will ensure everyone chips in to make it the nation’s best day out for dogs.