Marisa Landau of ClintonPatch.com has the goods:
On June 24 businesses around the country will promote adoption and responsible pet ownership by celebrating 'Take Your Dog to Work Day.'
...This annual event has become increasingly popular over the past decade and encourages employers to experience the value of pets in the workplace one Friday per year to support the pet community. The “holiday” was created by Pet Sitters International (PSI) in 1999 to promote animal adoption from rescues and shelters by educating the working public on the benefits of adopting a homeless dog and encouraging responsible pet ownership.
Here are all the reasons given for taking your dog to work (tell your boss):
•75 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace makes people happier.I so wish I could do this! I actually brought it up today at the office when a colleague brought up to another colleague about bringing her daughter in on a Friday. I wasn't in the conversation, exactly, but I added "Tomorrow is Take Your Dog To Work Day!" That surprised them and they murmured something.
•70 million believe having pets in the workplace reduces stress.
•47 million believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment.
•37 million believe having pets in the workplace decreases absenteeism.
•34 million people who bring their pets to the workplace, work longer hours.
So, are the Little Guys coming to work with me? Notice the advice the article gives:
Of course, not every pet is suitable to be brought to the workplace. Dogs who constantly bark, jump up on people, or tend to be destructive are not the best fit for the workplace.The Little Guys stay home!