We’re starting a movement. It’s National Pet Day Off and it’s a celebration of all things pets and the people who love them.
We were inspired by National Pet Day, which takes place every April 11, to create a movement that gives people more time to spend with their pets. National Pet Day Off started with a vision to claim April 11 as a national holiday and has evolved into a movement dedicated to creating awareness around the special bonds people share with their pets.
As we start getting back to “normal” and repopulating long-abandoned offices, National Pet Day Off is especially important. A recent survey of 2,000 employed pet parents found that over two-thirds of pet owners have searched for a more flexible job so they can spend more time with their pets.
And 6 in 10 have left jobs because the office they were returning to wasn’t pet-friendly, and 7 in 10 are willing to take a pay cut if it means their pet is welcome at the office.
Put pet-friendly policies to work
If your company isn’t adapting to the value-driven candidate market, you’re making an already difficult hiring process even harder. Employees today are looking for companies that reflect their values and lived experiences. They want jobs that fit into their lives, not the other way around. And, since more millennials are pet parents than human parents, creating a pet-friendly workplace culture is a logical step.
In fact, the same survey found that over 53% of respondents said that their dog or cat made them more productive at work. Not to mention the value of companionship, comfort, and a reason to get outside!
And many workplaces are responding to pet parents’ needs — 42% report that their offices stock pet supplies such as bowls and poop bags. But there’s even more you can do to support your pet parent employees. And that’s where National Pet Day Off comes in.
Pets are family too
“We’ve normalized taking care of kids during working hours, so why not include all members of the household?” Vester CEO Mark Bordo said. In fact, the survey found that 87% of respondents view their pets as part of the family. But 57% feel guilty taking care of their pet during working hours.
“Companies can do their part by giving employees a full- or half-day off to care for their fur friends, donating to a charity of their choice, or organize a pet-meet-up on April 11, National Pet Day Off.”
We’re looking at National Pet Day Off to start a conversation around pet parenthood and to show how much we value those pets.
So join us, won’t you? Let’s make pet-friendly office culture a reality.
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