Captain Whimsy is ready for work!
Some of y'all who are old enough to remember coveting the Atari 2600 will recollect the transition from Arbor Day to Earth Day and then the "Earth Day Every Day" movement. We thought we'd take a parallel approach with our "day" of choice: Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Here at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ we think every day should be Take Your Dog to Work Day. From the beginning, we've believed in animals in the workplace (founding dogs Cisco and 5:30). For many of us, it was one of the deciding factors in why we came to work for ThinkGeek. It's so relaxing having a four-legged companion to hang out with.
Ready to turn your office into a pet-friendly environment while still keeping it work-friendly? Some tips we've learned over the years:
- Respect the allergies! The most important thing about your office is that people can work there. Create a pet-free area around those who have allergies, and mark it well. Our awesome HR set us up with signs that read "DFZ: Dog-Free Zone." We also have a section in our employee handbook that sets out some basic guidelines for everyone to follow.
- Make sure your landlord is okay with it. It seems obvious, we know. From searching for a new building for our World Domination HQ, we can tell you it isn't always. Establish boundaries. Each animal needs its space, and humans do, too. Equip cubicles with pets with baby gates and close the door on pets fortunate enough to have an office. That way there's less fur underfoot.
- Work when it's time to work, and play when it's time to play. Wednesday during the board meeting may not be the best time to have a play session. But late Friday afternoons we frequently had cardboard-tearing up sessions with Harley, our office pitbull for years.