In Canada, dogs invite themselves to their master’s office

Standing on all four legs, her tail wagging at the arrival of guests, Daisy cared for the well-being of the Tungsten Collaborative team. The dog, like many other pets, has the right to go to the office with his master, who works from home during the pandemic.

The 12-year-old blonde-haired Labrador sniffed the workspace to eat or play.

Next to her, Delilah-a basset hound with long, drooping ears-approached, as if she also wanted attention.

At this Canadian design company, which has a dozen employees in Ottawa, other dogs roam, such as Eevee the English greyhound and Hudson, a German shepherd puppy, barking to be noticed.

Daisy is an “integral part” of the business. On the company’s website, he appears to team members and is entitled to a brief biography.

“Many of Dave’s (McMullin, vice president of design, editor’s note) biggest innovations have emerged in the long walk with Daisy,” the company wrote, adding that the dog has “nine years of experience supporting the most good designers ”.

– Continuation of activity –

“We encourage people with pets to bring them” to the office, Tungsten Collaborative president Bill Dicke told AFP.

“You develop this relationship with your pet at home and all of a sudden you’re back at work, and they have to take care of it all day or wander around the house alone,” complained the 47-year-old handler, who felt niana. it is “unfair” for the animal.

He said 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, touch toys or run towards the bouncing ball in the hallway.

Adding Tungsten Collaborative to the Humane Society’s list of dog -friendly businesses increases business activity and increases staff productivity, according to Dicke.

According to a recent Léger poll conducted for PetSafe, one in two Canadians (51%) support the idea of ​​bringing their dog to the office.

This suggestion is especially appreciated by the youngest: 18% of employees aged 18 to 24 say they will change companies if their employer denies them this option.

Faced with an estimated 200,000 Canadians adopting a cat or a dog during the pandemic, bosses demanding the personal return of their employees may be forced to consider concessions.

– “Relax” –

For some employees like Johan Van Hulle, 29, the new rule was “a key factor in (his) decision” to accept a job at Tungsten last year.

“Allowing dogs is a good sign” of a company’s culture, said AFP the owner of Eevee, which seeks a “less corporate” environment.

Also in Ottawa, this time within the construction joint venture Chandos Bird, the designers of a nuclear research laboratory were apparently delighted by the presence of Samson, a 10-year-old blond Yorkshire terrier.

His boss, Trevor Watt, didn’t want to leave him alone in his new home as he returned to the office in January.

Getting him in would have been only a temporary solution. Not only did he adapt to office life, but he also won over his master’s teammates, who now shared walks with Samson.

“He loves to work,” said Trevor Watt, who is thankful that “you don’t have to worry about him”.

His employer, Byron Williams, says kissing a dog is a great way to “relax after a big meeting.”

But the presence of the person’s best friend at work can present some challenges, for example to employees who are allergic to animals or those who are afraid of them.

Samson was staying on a leash when Trevor Watt’s partner, scared of dogs, was around.

Other employees of other companies, interviewed by the AFP, were also able to complain of stains on the carpet, unruly scratching and hair, which can be seen everywhere.

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