So who can we thank for helping kickstart this rising trend of dogs being allowed into the workplace? Much of the credit goes to Pet Sitters International (PSI), an organization that launched the very first Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTWD) in the U.K. in 1996. It took three years for it to become official in the U.S., with the first American TYDTWD held on June 24, 1999. Since then, this annual tradition (held on the Friday after Father's Day) has been supported by pet-friendly offices in countries around the globe, including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
And what could be causing this pawesome wave of pet appreciation by employers everywhere? Perhaps the recent scientific evidence that pets can both relieve work-related stress, and increase work productivity may have something to do with it. Whatever the reason, we at Cuteness wholeheartedly give TYDTWD two great big paws up!
If your office is a no-pooch zone, PSI also provides folks with resources to help persuade their employers to adopt a pet-friendly policy, as well as some practical tips on how to plan for a successful TYDTWD. If you're interested (and we hope you are!) download PSI's free Action Pack at Takeyourdog.com.