That’s why I feel bad for even suggesting that I have reservations about colleagues bringing their pooch into the office. Fido is a great friend, but is Fido a good co-worker?
Pets being allowed at work to calm colleagues, reduce blood pressure and stress and help us be more creative sounds like a great idea.
An idea my workplace is floating; an idea that made me raise my hand to voice a few concerns. Yep, I was ‘that guy’ who put up their hand to say, “pets in the workplace are my pet hate!”
Now before you order your dog to bite me, let me explain:
Pet allergies are common and nasty. Allergies to pets with fur or feathers are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma. Between 15 and 30 percent of people with allergies have reactions to cats and dogs (or so the National Asthma Council of Australia tells me).
That means a runny nose, swollen and sore eyes, hives, even a cough for our allergy prone friends. How ruff.
What if someone is afraid of dogs? We all have that friend who had a terrible experience when they were young with un unruly pet and now aren’t crazy about them. Let’s not scare them as they’re prepping for that presentation.