Bring Your K-9 Bestie to Work With You!

June 24 is Pet Sitters International’s Take Your Dog To Work Day®! Here at SKOUT, we usually focus on making human besties. However, in honor of this occasion, we thought it’d be fun to learn what the SKOUT community thinks about K-9 besties in the workplace.

Highlights from our survey include:

Dogs at work are more popular than you may think!

  • 14% of everyone surveyed say they bring their dog to work, at least some of the time.
  • People who work in an office are even more likely to bring their dog to work -- with 21% saying they bring their four-legged friend to their workplace.

Dogs can make you happier, more productive and less stressed at work.

  • 74% of people surveyed say that dogs make employees feel happier in the workplace.
    • Office workers are even more likely (78%) to think so.
  • 63% of people surveyed say that dogs help lower employees’ stress levels at work.
    • Among office workers, that jumps to 67%.
  • 43% of everyone surveyed say that dogs make employees more productive.
    • Office workers especially think so - with 51% saying canine coworkers enhance productivity.

Dogs give companies a “cool factor.”

  • 51% of people surveyed say being able to bring your tail-wagger to work makes your company a cool place to work. Workers age 30 and under especially think so (58%).

Best company perk? Pooches are more popular than ping pong tables.

  • When it comes to perks in the workplace, the ability to bring your dog to work is preferred three times as much as the option of having a ping pong or foosball table.

One possible problem: getting along with your boss’s dog!

  • 9% of people surveyed say the biggest downside of having dogs in the workplace would be having to pretend they like their boss’s dog, even if they don’t.

Dogs rule, cats drool.

  • 78% of people surveyed say they prefer Take Your Dog to Work Day, while 22% prefer Take Your Cat to Work Day.

At SKOUT, we enjoy being able to bring our K-9 best friends to work. But, there are definitely guidelines we need to follow to ensure everyone in the office gets along with our K-9 bestie. Check out our tips for taking your dog to work.

If you don’t have a dog and are thinking about adopting one, consider adopting from Muttville! This San Francisco based non-profit gives senior dogs who are least likely to be adopted from shelters a second chance at love! Muttville dogs make awesome companions, especially for those workaholics who spend the bulk of their time in the office and prefer to have their dog by their side while they work!

You can scroll through the friendly K-9 faces on Muttville’s website to find the right dog for you. In addition, you can give your favorite Skouters Muttville stickers during Take Your Dog to Work Day! For every sticker given on this day, SKOUT will make a donation to Muttville. Take a look at the Muttville stickers!

Give Sid, CocoPuff and Emerson Stickers to Your Besties!

Share your love for your K-9 friends with your favorite Skouters! On Take Your Dog to Work Day, SKOUT will make a donation to Muttville for every Muttville sticker given on June 24, 2016. You can find Sid, CocoPuff and Emerson in the Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day! section of the Gift Store.

Is this your first time giving a gift in SKOUT? Learn how!

5 Tips for Bringing Your Dog to Work

At SKOUT, we bring our dogs to work all the time because our K-9 besties make us happy. In the office, we make sure our dogs practice certain etiquette in order to get along well with everyone. We asked our fellow employees what tips they have for other Skouters who are considering bringing their dog to work for the first time.

  • Get it approved. Just because others bring their dogs in, does not mean it is a free-for-all. Make sure you have all the necessary approvals from management, and understand any ground rules, before you bring your pooch. (Ryan, QA)
  • Don’t delegate. Remember that as the dog owner you are 100% responsible, 100% of the time for your pet’s well being, behavior, and biological needs. Don’t ask your team to walk or clean up after your dog! (Kristen, Human Resources)
  • Bring on the goodies! Just like people enjoy snacks and games in the break room, so do your dogs. Biscuits and toys can help you encourage positive interactions with your dog and your coworkers throughout the day. (Nikki, Marketing and owner of Apollo, Nova, Stars and Verse)
  • Remember doggie hygiene. The only thing worse than a smelly coworker is a smelly dog! Give Fido a bath and proper grooming before bringing him to work. (Mark, Creative Director and owner of Spanky)
  • Remember breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for your dog, too! Feed your dog before going to work, so they don’t get “hangry” and nip your co-workers. (Jane, Marketing and owner of Jakey and The Bean-Dog)

There you have it! Follow those tips when you bring your dog to work, and your dog will shine like a Golden Retriever, unless your dog is a Golden Retriever… then it’s already golden. Shine on!

Congrats to Our #K9Bestie Contest Winner

We asked the SKOUT community to show off their K-9 bestie by posting a photo to the Buzz with the hashtag #K9Bestie for a chance to win a SKOUT branded dog leash and 500 Points. There were some entries that made us LOL and a few that gave us all the feels. But, there was one in particular that takes the cake for the most adorable.

Congratulations to SkoutID: rrrenee for the winning post!

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We love a little friendly competition and will be posting another hashtag contest in the future, so stay tuned for a chance to win Points and swag!

Happy National BFF Day!

For National BFF Day on June 8, celebrate your IRL (in real life) and online besties! As technology plays an ever-present part in our everyday lives, we were curious to know how many people are meeting their best friends online in addition to real life. We surveyed more than 3,000 Skouters and found more people are meeting friends in general online than ever before -- and this extends to finding a bestie! While 70% of people surveyed say they have an IRL best friend, nearly half (48%) of people say they have a BFF they met online.

Additional highlights from our National BFF Day survey include:

Women are more likely than men to have a BFF they met online.

  • 52% of women surveyed say they have an online BFF, while 46% of men say the same.

People under the age of 30 are only slightly more likely to have an online BFF, but not by much!

  • Don’t assume that online friendships are a Millennial thing … 51% of people age 30 or under say they have an online bestie, compared with 44% of people ages 31-40 and 49% of people ages 41 or older.

A BFF who really gets you may not live nearby ...

  • 23% of people surveyed say their online BFF lives in a different country, and 28% say their online BFF lives in a different state.
  • 50% say their online BFF lives fairly close, with 25% saying they’re in the same city and 25% saying they live in the same state.

Many people have met their online BFF, IRL.

  • 45% of people surveyed say they have met their online bestie in person, and 93% say they want to meet their online BFF IRL someday.

IRL or online, friendships are about caring.

  • 70% of people surveyed say the best gift from a friend on BFF Day is a heartfelt message or chat session. Only 30% would prefer a gift.

Check out our Skouters who have met their online besties via SKOUT!

Lady Toro and River

“I have a lot of online friends but never had a bestie like her; she rocks!” - River

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Alyssa, Jay and Marina

“I love my friends,” Alyssa says. “We share happy moments.”

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Natassja and Tara

“She's sweet, a great listener, and cares about me,” Nastassja says about Tara. “I tell her practically everything!”

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Justin and Friends

“Without SKOUT, I wouldn't have as many friends. I owe it to you for helping me meet Milly, Jess, Nathan and Kaley. I appreciate having this app and it making a difference in my life.”

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Jeph and Alex

“He's a friend that is worth keeping,” Jeph says.

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Faith and Jakob

“We talk most of the time,” Jakob says, and the two friends plan to meet in person someday.

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Lucas and Friends

“I talk to them every single day!” Lucas has said about some of his SKOUT friends.

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Pongchuwala and Friends

“I started to meet people both local and international,” says Pongchuwala. She found Skouters with whom she shares interests on Buzz and Meet, and they stayed up late chatting.

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Celebrate your SKOUT besties with a free BFF! Badge! This badge can be found in the Badges category of the Gift Store.
 

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Show Us Your #K9Bestie!

 

Whether you're able to take your dog to work or not on June 24th, we want to know who your K-9 friends are! We’re giving Skouters a chance to win a SKOUT branded dog leash and 500 Points!

All you need to do is post a photo of you and your K-9 bestie to the blog with the hashtag #K9Bestie. We’ll choose our favorites and award the winner SKOUT swag and Points!