I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason. For example, there are many proven benefits for having dogs in office-based workplaces. These include:
- stress relief for employees
- a dog parent is more likely to be more productive and work longer hours if they are able to have their dog at work with them
- staff retention – a dog-friendly workplace is one of the best staff benefits you can get if you’re a dog parent – why would you leave?
- happy staff are more efficient and engaged with their workplace; dogs at work make for happy staff!
Yet, in the face of this growing body of evidence, many workplaces are still not dog-friendly.
The solution: a pandemic requiring people to work from home for an extended period of time.
For office-based jobs, how many of those staff will now ask to work from home a lot more – even when the pandemic has passed?
Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand
The US Postal Service has a set of four stamps honouring service dogs.
The Dogs at Work set shows a guide dog assisting a blind woman, a tracking dog that is following a scent, a therapy dog visiting with an elderly woman and a search and rescue dog standing in a field.
In releasing the stamps for sale, the USPS said “Dogs have become more than just best friends — they’ve also become our coworkers. From guide dogs to therapy dogs to search and rescue dogs, these stamps from the U.S. Postal Service® honor the enduring partnership between dogs and people.”
“Currently, some 10,000 guide dogs in the U.S. and Canada serve as an extra set of eyes for people who are blind. Therapy dogs, chosen for their friendly dispositions, bring comfort and joy to the elderly and the ill. Dogs that work with police and military personnel are trained to detect drugs, guns, and explosives. Search and rescue dogs speed up search efforts, increasing the odds of survival for disaster victims.
Artist John M. Thompson created original paintings for the stamps, which were designed by art director Howard E. Paine. The Dogs At Work stamps are being issued at a 65-cent denomination, which is the price for single-piece retail First-Class Mail weighing more than one ounce and up to and including two ounces.”