Millennials are much more likely to enjoy their job and want to stay in it if they are allowed to bring their pets to work, according to a recent survey by Nationwide Insurance. And a millennial who sued the Meeker Housing Authority in Denver, Colorado for violating the federal rights of tenants with disabilities by charging a fee for companion animals recently agreed to settle his case against the authority for nearly $1 million. Millennials are increasingly forcing a change in U.S. society’s attitudes toward pets.
Why This Matters: Both these stories demonstrate what the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, people have a special bond with their pets — studies show that the benefits of having a pet include decreased blood pressure, reduced anxiety, and enhanced feelings of well-being. The Nationwide survey showed this is particularly true for millennials, who are far more likely Generation Xers and baby boomers to value a pet-friendly work environment. Animals as companions provide a connection to the natural world that may help many of us to understand the importance of the natural world. We rely on animals for far more than just food and labor. And as the millennial generation matures, their influence on animal-friendly policies is likely to grow.
- Amazon’s pet policies at its Seattle campus gave it the highest dog-friendly score of any other U.S. employer.
- Amazon has 6,000 registered dogs tagging along with their owners, and it boasts an on-campus dog park and plenty of free poop bags and treats.
- The company even has policies allowing for pet time off, a pet adoption stipend and other pet-related benefits.
- Other top companies include Uber, Petsmart, and Netlé.
In its report on the top companies, Rover.com said that “Today, 40 percent of all workers feel overworked and pressured, and dogs can offer much-needed relief in an office environment.”
The Denver Lawsuit’s Outcome Was Not Surprising. The judge in the case had ruled several months ago that the housing authority’s $300 fee and its denial of requests for an exception by the tenants with disabilities was a violation of federal law.
- Since 2013, federal housing law has required landlords to accommodate tenants with disabilities who rely on service or emotional support animals.
- One of the plaintiffs, 23-year-old A.J. White, suffered from severe depression and often refused to get out of bed until he and his father adopted two cats, and another had been diagnosed with chronic depression and anxiety, including panic attacks and found her dog help her cope.
What You Can Do: See if your office will allow you to bring in your dog this Friday, June 21s — which is National Bring Your Dog To Work Day!