Tuesday, March 04, 2008
As a dog owner, it's been a slow adjustment for me. I was never crazy about animals but I have come to love my sweet Cocker Spaniel. This week I am writing about work/life balance issues pet owners encounter. At times, the issues are the same as they are with kids. Dogs need attention, food and walks and long hours away from them cause them to act out. As I looked at all the arrangements people make -- pet sitters, dog walkers, dog day cares -- I came across some employers that allow pet owners to bring their animals to work.
As I admitted earlier, I am not an enthusiastic pet lover. But even in the realm of work/life balance, I can't understand allowing pets in the workplace. Some people are allergic, others completed distracted. And, I don't consider having pets at work to be professional. On the occasions I have been to a jeweler in my neighborhood, I noticed three small dogs roaming the stores. They are cute dogs. But they take away from my shopping experience, just like screaming children take away from a fine dining experience.
What are your thoughts on pets in the workplace? Does it make the workplace more fun or do you feel it should it be prohibited?