Step 1 – Get everyone on board!
Step 2 – What’s the rules?
- Type of pets
- All day or particular days?
- How many pets on any given day? (We suggest a shared calendar to plan who has pets in work & when)
- What zones are pet free?
- Who is responsible for cleaning up any mess? (We mean the 2 p’s! ?)
- Should all pets be vaccinated? (The answer here should always be YES, but still discuss so everyone is clear on the rules.)
- What behaviours are against the rules? (Aggression, excessive barking etc.)
A few other things we think will help in creating the rules and making the policy effective are:
- We recommend a three strike rule concerning breaches of the rules such as behavioural (either of the pet or the owner)
- We recommend setting up a team who oversee the policy and its effectiveness.
- We recommend running bring your dog to work trials to help gauge how the team enjoys it!
Step 3 – What does the lawyer say?
- Ensure the correct insurance is in place, for everyone.
- A form for your team members bringing their pets to work. This can include a release to keep your company safe. Be sure to create agreements that match your company culture
- Do you need to see up to date vaccines? (Ask your team members to download the MyPet app. It’s a great way to store this information digitally and it’s available on IOS and android.)
- Create a written and published policy for all the team to see.
Step 4 – The workplace!
- Do you need to add anything such as pet drinking areas or pet play areas?
- Do you need to put in gates to keep pets safe?
- Do you need to restrict pet access to any areas such as food preparation areas?
- Do you need to create an outside area for walking or pets doing the 2 p’s? (?)
- How about leash ties? (Areas to tie pets up outside bathrooms etc.)
Step 5 – It’s a go!
- Check the policy is working, whether this be by asking people in the canteen or sending out a review.
- Ensure a review after any incident,
- Have a way to check pets are happy too, perhaps have 1 or 2 people trained by a vet or trainer in recognising stress or discomfort of the pets.