As one of Scotland’s top independent marketing agencies, Volpa is leading the way in recognising the benefits of a dog-friendly working environment.
Rescued Staffordshire terrier Molly can frequently be found snoozing beside the desk of her owner, and founder of Volpa, Tricia Fox.
“Only a small percentage of UK businesses currently allow dogs in the workplace, but here at Volpa, every day is Bring Your Dog to Work Day,” explains Tricia.
It’s a decision that makes perfect sense for a rapidly growing business, especially for Volpa’s 14-strong team of dog-lovers, who appreciate the option to share the work space with their four-legged friends.
“As a small business owner, I often work long hours away from home,” says Tricia. The ability to bring Molly along to the office keeps everyone, especially Molly, happy. With dog walking or doggy day care costing an average of £100 for the working week, it can make a big difference the work/life balance for our employees.”
Our dog-friendly credentials certainly proved a big attraction for one recent client, Dog Friendly Perthshire. We partnered with Katie McCandless Thomas, and her ‘ambassadog’ Baxter, to create a comprehensive listing website of dog friendly venues and support the launch of their tourism campaign to promote Perth as the Dog Friendly Capital of Scotland.
“Being able to bring my dog into work is one of the best parts of the job, and I’m delighted that it’s appreciated by our clients too.” says PR and Marketing Executive, Linda Allan.
“Working with Dog Friendly Perthshire was a brilliant experience and we are very pleased with how well the campaign has been received. We hope it will encourage other businesses to become dog-friendly.”
Research has shown that bringing pet dogs to work can improve wellbeing, productivity and make the job more satisfying for other employees.
5 reasons why it’s great to Bring Your Dog to Work
- Having a ruff day? Dogs can lift moods, improve happiness and reduce stress. All the benefits of owning a dog at home translate to work with a companion by their side all day.
- Being a dog-friendly business can also help recruit and retain top talent. The trend of career focussed individuals to marry later and delay having children, has resulted in a rise in ownership of precious pooches. Being dog-friendly is a desirable perk that could also prove the deciding factor for recruiting and retaining productive and engaged employees.
- Dogs are a natural conversation starter in the office and can improve collaboration in the workplace. Employees are more likely to approach each other when there is a dog nearby to break the ice. Further, some companies may find that the amount of office gossip can decrease when dogs are introduced, as employees would rather talk about the dogs than other employees.
- An office dog can also encourage employees to keep active, and take regular breaks. It can be so easy to get sucked into work first thing in the morning and barely moved from the desk all day. A quick ten minute ‘pee’ break can help clear the head and maintain focus.
- Many employees find themselves rushing out the door at the end of their shift to get home to let their dog out. Those that have their dog at work, can extend their hours until their work is done, rather than restricting their time.
To find out more about our work with Dog-Friendly Perthshire, visit our portfolio.