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Workplaces may have to become more dog-friendly, says office provider

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After our spending three months with our beloved pets how will we cope when we go back to work? An office provider in Aylesbury says a reform of workplace rules is needed.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 06/06/2020, 10:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:27


We are not out of the woods yet, but already businesses are looking to what life will be like when we return to work. One management business in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, talks specifically about a need for us to bring our pets to work.


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Jonathan Ratcliffe of Offices.co.uk told Mix 96 she believes after being together for so long our parting from our pets will be too much to bear, and that more workplaces than ever may have to consider putting in place a provision.

‘Dog friendly’ demands for office space are on the rise, according to Ms Ratcliffe. Potentially, that spells big changes for the rest of the UK as its workforce slopes back to the office after the lockdown.

Mixed blessing

The US already has tens of thousands of dog friendly businesses, but in the UK the notion gives rise to a mixed response. Not everyone likes dogs or cats, and an increasing number of people are allergic to pets; so too can pets in the workplace be a distraction.

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In the UK, employers are required by law to abide by special measures such as pet-free zones. Dogs must also be vaccinated and well-behaved.

The success of the concept ultimately depends on an employer’s willingness to make physical changes to the workplace, and to accommodate the demands of their workers.