Since the onset of the global pandemic in March 2020, many pet owners have become used to working from home with their pets around them all day. However, a return to the workplace over recent months has left many realizing how much they now rely on their pets, and many have now made significant life changes for their pets, according to the result of a recent survey.
The survey was carried out by OnePoll and was commissioned by Vetster, which has launched a national initiative on April 11th, which is National Pet Day. As part of the initiative, Vetster is encouraging employers to give employees the day off, not just to celebrate their furry friends but also to raise awareness of the importance of a pet-friendly workplace. From giving up their jobs to taking pay cuts, there are various sacrifices that pet owners will make. In addition, many of the benefits of having pets around during the working day were highlighted as part of the survey.
Some of the Information from the Study
The results of the study highlighted a lot of interesting statistics and figures. Around 2000 people were polled as part of the study, and here are some of the things that the researchers discovered:
- Almost two-thirds of pet owners have left a job to find alternative employment at a pet-friendly workplace
- Over two-thirds of employees would be prepared to take a pay cut in order to work in a pet-friendly workplace
- 48 percent of respondents said that they were more productive when their pet was around
- 46 percent of pet owners who were polled said that their pets helped them to make new friends at work and break the ice
- Nearly 40 percent of those polled said that their pets helped them to avoid burnout
Furthermore, the results of the study showed that more than 70 percent in total had made major life changes for their pets, much of which related to work. It does seem that employers are sitting up and taking notice of these demands for pet-friendly workplaces, as more than 40 percent are said to now provide employees with access to pet supplies such as bowls.
However, based on the results of the study, employers are going to have to go much further than this if they want to hang on to their more valued employees. With so many employees saying that they have left or would leave their job to find a pet-friendly workplace, this is something that all employers are going to have to think carefully about moving forward.
The CEO of Vester, Mark Bordo, commented on the benefits of pets in the workplace. He said, “Our data shows that many pet parents have had positive experiences when their pets have played a role in the workplace. Pets can help create and maintain a positive culture at work while improving people’s mental health and fostering friendships between colleagues.”
This could mark a big change in the dynamics of the workplace, as it could encourage more employers to make their offices pet-friendly.