Pet-friendly workplaces are becoming increasingly common in the United States. According to the SHRM 2018 Employee Benefits, 9% of US employers allow pets in the workplace and that number has been steadily increasing over the last few years. The presence of pets in the workplace is said to increase productivity, decrease stress and boost office morale. Our janitorial staff members have also noticed the pet-friendly trend in the offices we clean here in the Little Rock, Arkansas area. Follow these six tips from our experts to enjoy your pet-friendly office while keeping a healthy and happy work environment:
The first step when introducing a pet-friendly policy is to develop a set of rules for those who chose to bring their pets into the office. Management should provide signage throughout the office indicating where pets are not allowed to avoid any confusion. Many offices implement a ‘Three Strikes’ policy that allows pets a fair chance to improve before losing their office privileges.
While pet-friendly offices can be fun and exciting, be sure you have asked around to see if any of your employees are allergic to dogs or cats. You may want to consider a separate “pet-free” space for the employees with allergies to work, as pet dander and allergens can spread. Pets in office spaces mean you will have to clean more regularly – hiring professional office cleaners can help. Your pet-friendly office should be made very clear in your interview process to prospective employees.
Acting fast after an accident is the best way to prevent permanent stains and damage to your office flooring. Encourage quick cleanup by having cleaning products near the pet-friendly areas so employees can easily clean up accidents after they occur.
If you decide to have a pet-friendly office, it’s important that you find the right kind of flooring. There will be accidents, so a floor that is stain resistant, durable and easy to clean is important. Ceramic tile, vinyl and specialty designed carpets are a few good options for office flooring.
A clean smelling office can be tricky to achieve. Open your office windows periodically throughout the workday when the weather is nice to help bring fresh air. Air fresheners, especially the automatic options, are a great option to use during the cooler months.
Pet-friendly offices require cleaning more regularly than other office spaces. Luckily, ServiceMaster Twin Cities in Little Rock, Arkansas has provided janitorial services to local businesses for almost 30 years. Our expert team can make your office building shine with our high-quality, reliable cleaning services.
Contact us to schedule regular janitorial services. Our team takes the time to learn about your business. We have the experience to provide the high-quality, reliable service you need. You can count on our detailed processes to disinfect, sanitize and thoroughly clean pet-friendly office.