In Canada, dogs are office workers like everyone else

The 12-year-old blonde-haired labrador sniffs for work after something to eat or play with. By his side, Delila, a basset hound with long drooping ears, approaches and looks like he wants some attention too.

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

Daisy, listed on the company’s organization chart, has “nine years of experience supporting the best designers”

Daisy is an “integral part” of the company. On the company’s website, she poses among team members and is even entitled to a short biography.

Daisy, Delilah, Eevee and the others even follow their respective master in meeting

Daisy, Delilah, Eevee and the others even follow their respective master in meeting

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“Several of Daves’ (McMullin, vice president responsible for design, editor’s note) biggest innovations have emerged during long walks with Daisy,” the company writes, adding that the dog has “nine years of experience supporting the best designers.”

They sleep at the foot of the chairs

“We encourage people who have pets to bring them” to the office, says Tungsten Collaborative Chairman Bill Dicke. “You’re developing this relationship with your pet at home, and all of a sudden you go back to work and they have to check in for the day or wander around the house alone,” laments the 47-year-old driver, who feels this “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 placed 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 towards a bouncing ball in the hallway.

Samson, a 10-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, won over most of his master's work colleagues.  When he has finished his nap, they fight to take him for a ride

Samson, a 10-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, won over most of his master’s work colleagues. When he has finished his nap, they fight to take him for a ride

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Adding Tungsten Collaborative to the Humane Society’s list of dog-friendly companies has increased business activity and increased employee productivity, Dicke said.

18% of employees aged 18-24 say they would change company if their employer denied them the opportunity to take their pets to work

According to a recent Léger survey conducted for PetSafe, every second Canadian (51%) supports the idea of ​​taking their dog to the office.

This proposal is especially appreciated by the youngest: 18% of employees aged 18 to 24 say they would change company if their employer denied them this option.

Faced with the roughly 200,000 Canadians who have adopted a cat or dog during the pandemic, bosses who demand the return of their employees personally may be forced to consider easing.

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 indicator” of a corporate culture, says the owner of Eevee, who was looking for an environment that “was not too corporate”.

Anti-stress caresses … or not

Also in Ottawa, this time within the construction joint venture Chandos Bird, the designers of a nuclear research laboratory are visibly excited about the presence of Samson, a 10-year-old blonde Yorkshire terrier.

His master, Trevor Watt, did not want to leave him alone in his new home when he returned to the office in January. Bringing him in should be a temporary solution. Not only has he adapted to office life, but he has also won over Trevor’s colleagues, who now share walks with Samson.

“He loves to get to work,” confides the happy master, who appreciates “not having to worry about him.”

Her boss, Byron Williams, says cuddling a dog is a great way to “relax after a big meeting.”

But the presence of man’s best friend at work not only makes people happy, and can even present certain challenges. Because there are also employees who are allergic to animals or who are afraid of them. So when one of Trevor Watt’s colleagues, scared of dogs, is present, Samson stays on a leash.

And some employees of other companies have also been able to complain about stains on the carpet, improvised barking and hair found everywhere.

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