AFP, published on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 8:49 AM
From the top of her four legs, her tail wagging as visitors arrive, Daisy looks after the well-being of the team at Tungsten Collaborative. The bitch, like many other pets, has the right to come to the office with her master, who worked from home during the pandemic.
The 12-year-old blond-haired Labrador sniffs the workspace for something to put under his tooth or play with.
Beside her, Delilah – a long-eared dangling bass hound – approaches, seeming to want some attention too.
In this Canadian design company, which has about a dozen employees in Ottawa, other dogs walk around, such as Eevee the English Greyhound and Hudson, a German Shepherd puppy, barking to stand out.
Daisy is an “integral part” of the business. On the company’s website, she has the same rights as a court biography among team members.
“Several of Dave’s greatest innovations (McMullin, vice president of design, ed.) Have emerged from long walks alongside Daisy,” the company wrote, adding that the bitch has nine years of experience in support ”. the best designers ”.
– Recovery of activity –
“We encourage people who have pets to bring them to the office,” Tungsten Collaborative President Bill Dicke told AFP.
“You develop this relationship with your animal to the house and all of a sudden you go back to work, and the must be caged for the day or wandering alone in the house,” laments the 47-year-old manager, who believes that ” is not fair “for the animal.
According to him, the pandemic has made companies more tolerant of the presence of pets at work.
In the office kitchen, bowls arranged in a row on the floor are used to water the dogs during the day. The latter sometimes sleep at the foot of chairs, chew on toys, or run to a bouncing ball in the hallway.
The inclusion of Tungsten Collaborative in the list of companies that accept dogs through the human rights organization Humane Society has brought a resurgence of business activity and increased the productivity of its staff, says Bill Dicke.
According to a recent poll, Leger conducted for PetSafe, a Canadian sur deux (51%) supports the idea of threatening their son chien au bureau.
This proposal is especially popular with younger people: 18% of employees aged 18 to 24 say they would change companies if their employer denied them this option.
With some 200,000 Canadians adopting a cat or dog during the pandemic, employers demanding the return of their employees in person could be forced to consider easing.
– “Decompressor” –
For some employees like Johan Van Hulle, 29, this new rule was “a key factor in (his) decision” to accept a job at Tungsten last year.
“Allowing dogs is a good indicator” of a company’s culture, Eevee’s master told AFP, who was looking for a “not too corporatist” environment.
Also in Ottawa, this time at the Chandos Bird construction joint venture, the designers of a nuclear research lab are visibly wrapped up in the presence of Samson, a 10-year-old blonde Yorkshire terrier.
His master, Trevor Watt, did not want to leave him naked in his new home as he returned to the office in January.
Bringing it in had to be a temporary solution. Not only is it adapted to the life of the office, but they also got rid of their foreman colleagues, who will now share on walks with Samson.
“He loves coming to work,” says Trevor Watt, who appreciates “not having to worry about him.”
The owner’s son, Byron Williams, considers that caressing a dog is an excellent form of “decompressor after a big meeting”.
But the presence of man’s best friend at work can be a problem, for example for employees who are allergic to animals or who are afraid of animals.
Samson, on the other hand, is on a leash when one of Trevor Watt’s colleagues, terrified by the dogs, is there.
Employees of other companies, interviewed by AFP, were also able to complain about carpet stains, impromptu barking and hair, which were found everywhere.