Remember the early days of COVID-19 lockdowns? The bread-baking mania? The rush to secure toilet paper whenever and wherever possible?
You may also recall that pet adoption took off during the pandemic. With children and adults alike spending so much time at home, objections to pet ownership melted away. Our Resetting Normal research found that one out of 10 households became new pet owners during the pandemic, with Turkey (36%) and Brazil (24%) leading the way.
In the U.S. alone, a study from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) found that nearly 20% of all households acquired a dog or cat during the pandemic. That equates to about 23 million new four-legged companions. Demand in the UK and Europe was similar, with pet adoptions more than doubling in many cases.
Fast-forward to late 2021, with COVID-19 receding (fingers crossed) in most regions. Employers are trying to lure workers back to the office, either permanently or on a hybrid basis. This endgame phase of the pandemic presents myriad challenges to businesses seeking to hire and retain top talent. Among those challenges is what to do about pets. What are the pros and cons of allowing them in the office?