New Survey Reveals What Pet Owners Will Miss Most When Returning to Work

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Ahead of National Take Your Dog to Work Day, this survey looks at pet parents’ greatest concerns about returning to the office.

A new survey conducted by Wellness Natural Pet Food found that 33 percent of working pet parents say that being with their pet is what they miss most upon returning to the office, beating out other conveniences like sleeping in late (28 percent), working from the couch (24 percent) and dressing comfortably (15 percent).

Given the option, more than half (53 percent) of working pet parents would rather continue working from home with their pet than to go back to the office without them.

After spending so much time at home, 21 percent of working pet parents said that leaving their pet at home alone is what makes them most nervous about returning to work, and 78 percent think there should be pet-friendly policies at their work place. The survey also revealed that 73 percent of working pet parents feel having pets at work will make it a fun place to be when they do return to the office, 22 percent say that the ability to bring their pet to work is the most important pet-friendly policy for them, and 29 percent say they are more compassionate in the workplace because they are a pet parent.

“As pet parents return to work, it will be a transition for both humans and pets, and an even bigger adjustment for the millions of families who added a pet for the first time,” said Dr. Danielle Bernal, global veterinarian with Wellness Natural Pet Food. “This Take Your Dog to Work Day, we’re urging employers to think about and listen to the needs of their pet parent employees, and recognize the many ways that pets make us better people, and workers.”