When you think about pets at work, you might picture a cat snoozing in a cubicle or a dog playing in an office building's courtyard. But all kinds of workplaces are becoming pet-friendly-- not just laid-back offices. That's why, when we held our 2012 Pets at Work contest, we loved the story of contest finalist NorthWest Auto Salon, based in Washington. Their story shows how pets can be incorporated into a workplace where the work is hands-on, detail-oriented and customer driven. We caught up with them to learn how they make it work.
"Although it is an automotive-based business and we are moving cars around all day every day, the dogs have the run of the shop," co-owner Ben Abrams explains. But that hasn't been an issue so far. The dogs have been trained to steer clear of the cars, and for the most part they do. Part of the reason why the dogs are so well-behaved is because they're so bonded with their owners.
He believes seeing the bond between these dogs and their owners is good for morale. "It just leaves you with a sense of 'This guy’s got his buddy out here' and it makes you feel good about knowing that neither one is missing the other while they’re at work."
So how do they get all of their car detailing work done while still finding time to keep their dogs safe and occupied? They shared their secrets to success with us.
We hope those tips helped people who don’t work the 9-5 office life get inspired to make their workplaces pet-friendly.
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