Dog-friendly workplaces in Dublin
In Dublin, we also of course have WeWork, and other co-working spaces such as Iconic Offices and Dogpatch Labs leading the way for dog-friendly workplaces. While tech companies like Google, HubSpot, Airbnb and Amazon also use this perk to attract talent.
At startup hub Dogpatch Labs, a policy must be signed and approved before members can bring their dogs to the office. This clearly outlines what’s expected of them, setting out rules around supervision and behaviour.
According to Community Manager Jake Phillips, access can be revoked if there are ever issues. But to date, this has never happened. “We think the positive uplift to morale and general office vibes that a well-trained dog brings is fantastic,” he says.
Over on the other side of town, Breffni O’Dwyer brings her pooch Sadie to work with her at Host & Co. - a hospitality PR agency.
Sadie Hard at Work in Host & Co
As the team is quite small, there’s no need for an official dog policy. But before meetings, they let clients know about Sadie. Most people really like that we have a dog here, says Breffni, but alternative arrangements can be made if necessary.
For her, the benefits of an office dog include a more relaxed environment and an incentive for team members to step away from their desks and get some fresh air while walking the dog in nearby Stephen’s Green. “Sadie chills everybody out a bit,” she says.
As dog-friendly workplaces increase, more employers will have to consider introducing similar policies to make their roles more attractive to pet owners. Luckily, office dogs come with many more benefits besides.