Sleeping on the job usually isn’t acceptable.
Nor is drooling, scratching and licking your way through the workday.
But in a handful of businesses across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, it’s all in a day’s work for pets who accompany their owners to work.
About 17 percent of U.S. companies allow workers to bring pets – mostly dogs – to work, according to a 2008 report from the American Pet Products Association. In 2011, the group reported that nationally, about 1.4 million people take 2.3 million dogs to work each day.
Among the region’s most pet-friendly companies is Procter & Gamble, which allows the 360 employees in its pet care division to bring their four-legged companions to the office. P&G Pet Care, based at the company’s Mason Business Center, produces Iams, Eukanuba and Natura Pet Food products. The company’s pet-friendly policy has been in place since P&G acquired Iams in 1999, said Julie Franklin, Iams’ external relations director.
The office, which includes an on-site dog park, dog-friendly conference rooms and separate elevator for pet-owners, even has its own vice president of canine communications, a 11/2-year-old Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen named Pawl Griffin.
Kristin Malone, who works in regulatory affairs, often brings Dodge, a 3-year-old Australian shepherd. Having pets around is an easy way for businesses to foster a stress-free atmosphere, she says.
“When I have a really frustrating day I look down at him and it reminds me of why I’m here,” she said. “It’s just like magic. You pet them and the stress goes away.”