America is a strange, strange place. Where else would people bring their animals to the office? Perhaps it's not so strange, or at least uncommon. But the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that the French would do the same thing if they could!
This trend must be gaining steam back in the USA because I've been reading more and more about it as a workplace issue.
First, let me stress what an animal lover I am. I have a dog, have had several dogs and a cat since childhood, and am always happy to stop and pet a friendly dog when the occasion presents itself.
That said, I do have to draw the line. As cute and friendly as our animal friends may be, they're not employees and they're not human and they shouldn't turn up at the office.
I apologize if that sounds harsh, but let's keep in mind that not everyone shares our love for animals. Indeed, some people even have allergic reactions to animals or may simply be afraid of them! Is it fair to our co-workers to subject them to such conditions? Of course, most companies won't allow pets in the workplace, but it can be a lovely addition if you work out of your home.
Contrary to popular belief, companies don't need a mascot or an official office pet. They may brighten the environment for some, but not all, and those who aren't so keen on Rex at work may be too worried to say something ,lest they seem heartless. So, let's not put our co-workers or clients in the position, ok? Keep Fido at home or work from home!