Dog looking at laptop screen Roughly 60% of executives considering a pet-friendly policy are doing so as a direct response to employee requests or because they know workers are accustomed to having their pets nearby all day. (Photo: Shutterstock)

After spending a year with four-legged coworkers, remote employees faced with returning to the office are concerned about how the change will impact their pets, according to a survey by Banfield Pet Hospital. Almost a third of respondents said that spending more time at home has made them consider how their pets can still be part of their workday after the pandemic, with 57% saying they’d be most happy if they could bring their pets with them when they return to the office.

The good news for them is that half of C-suite executives are open to the idea and planning to allow pets in the office. More commonly, executives are considering allowing more flexibility for workers to stay remote (59%). Roughly 60% of executives considering a pet-friendly policy are doing so as a direct response to employee requests or because they know workers are accustomed to having their pets nearby all day. Forty-two percent see it as a way to entice workers back to the office.


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