As an organization, we have always been there for one another, fostering positive relationships amongst ourselves as well as with the community. The relationships we form with others are important to our mental and emotional wellbeing (Dutton & Ragins, 2017). In addition, our commitment to maintaining the relationship is even much more important. As you know, as your CEO, I have the responsibility to mind about the welfare of all the employees in the organization. Besides, our organization does not forbid the employees to bring with them pets in the workplace as long as they do not result in chaos. However, based on the incident that occurred the previous week when one of the employees got a bad experience with a pet, it has come to my attention that we have to change the policy for the benefit of all.
Bringing pets at the workplace is no longer safe for all of us. First, pets can be a distraction for both the owner and their colleagues at the workplace (Hall et al. 2017). In most cases, a dog or a cat will need to go outside for a walk, which can result in some noise from barking, among others. Besides, pets can also fight each other, especially when the owners are not available. It will force the owner to stay close as well as follow up with its pet to prevent such fights with other pets in the workplace. In addition, pets can also draw small crowds of working seeking entertainment, when they should be working at their desk. Thus, I hope you agree with me that having pets in the workplace can be a distraction for most employees.
We all know that not every employee in the workplace can be around animals because of allergies, which can be severe. Allergies to pets the ones with fur are common, particularly among people who are asthmatic or have other allergies (Hall et al. 2017). Moreover, others have a deep phobia about being around some types of animals like dogs. While some of us like being around our pets, others have a phobia. The existing employees might not have a phobia, but let us think of new or other stakeholders coming to the organization. We might be sending away clients who have a phobia for dogs by allowing pets in the workplace. Based on this, there is a need for us to create a conducive environment that fits everyone, including the different people who visit the organization.
Moreover, pets can cause damage to office equipment by chewing the furniture and other materials (Hall et al. 2017). While the pet number in the office may maintain a high standard of good behavior, sometimes accidents do occur. Besides, most pets are prayerful, especially when they get along with other pets around in the workplace. These pets might end up causing some damage when they run around the office. I believe some of us, especially those who rear these pets, can support this idea. While they might be trained to behave well, there are instances when they can do the opposite hence causing damage.
In conclusion, while having pets in the workplace make employees feel relaxed and comfortable; pets can lead to unexpected issues. As the CEO, I have done some analysis and determined that having pets in the workplace is no longer safe for all of us. After deliberation with the leadership of the organization, we concluded that pets are no longer welcomed in the workplace. For those who will be affected by this policy, kindly accept my apology.
Dutton, J. E., & Ragins, B. R. (Eds.). (2017). Exploring positive relationships at work: Building a theoretical and research foundation. Psychology Press.
Hall, S., Wright, H., McCune, S., Zulch, H., & Mills, D. (2017). Perceptions of dogs in the workplace: the pros and the cons. anthrozoös, 30(2), 291-305.