Challenges with a Pet Policy at Work
There’s a saying that says you can’t please everyone. This goes for pretty much any individual, especially employers. As an employer, one of the biggest challenges you can face is making your employees feel as if they bring value in a workplace environment. After all, what’s the key to improving employee retention? Making employees love where they work. By 2020, approximately 60% of the workforce will consist of Millennials. As an employer, this can either be a good thing or bad thing. For those that stick with traditional workplace values, turnover rates may become a problem. But, what about those companies that decide to evolve as the workplace evolves? Well, they’re in for a treat. Companies that truly understand the values that Millennial’s possess will notice that retaining employees will become easier than ever.
Creating a Culture with a Competitive Advantage
Why try to please everyone when you know you can’t? In the hopes of trying to improve employee retention, many companies are now adopting various bonuses like discounted meals at a cafeteria, or even bringing dogs to work. The only problem with this is that there’s always going to be those people that either bring their own food to work, or just aren’t fans of dogs. The ones that bring their own food will always think that they’re not benefiting from this bonus, and that’s not fair. On the flip side, some people just aren’t fans of dogs, so having a pro-dog policy may aggravate some people. However, when looking for a new job, the perspective changes. If a company allows dogs, then typically people that love dogs will apply and the ones that don’t like dogs won't. In a society where only a minority of companies allow dogs, companies can gain a competitive advantage when hiring. The number of dog lovers applying for a particular company will always outnumber the number of individuals that don’t like dogs. Because of this, the people that you hire will all share similar values, thus causing a valuable workplace culture.
Studies also show that individuals that have a dog in their office are less prone to stress by the end of the day. Engaging with pets, in a workplace environment, encourages small breaks, which in turn can increase productivity and improve employee retention.
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