A national survey has found that almost a third of Australians would take a pay cut to work in a pet-friendly environment, highlighting the depth of our love for our animals.
Conducted by pet sitting platform PetCloud, the survey also found that age played a major role in the desire to work with pets, with millennials the most eager.
More than half of respondents aged 18-24 and nearly half aged 25-34 said they would take a pay cut to be able to work alongside their animals.
“We are living in tight economic times with everything from petrol to power and rent to rates on the rise, so when eight million Australians say they are willing to take a pay cut for the privilege of working alongside their pets, employers should take note,” PetCloud founder and CEO Deb Morrison said.
“Having a dog nearby is a great reminder to take a break and go for a walk or to step away from the task at hand to enjoy a pat and some playtime—all of which can help prevent stress, overworking and burnout.”
“We’d love to see more Australian businesses encourage office pets. As long as the right measures are in place, having an office dog can benefit employees and their furry friends,” added Alex Hyndman Hill from RSPCA Queensland.
“It can also prove to be the deciding factor for someone wanting to adopt a dog from the thousands of pups without homes, as it relieves the stress of leaving an animal alone all day.”
This Friday (June 21) is ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ when employers all over the world open their businesses to pets to promote the benefits of pet ownership and in turn, encourage animal adoption.