Q: I work in a small law office and would like to approach my boss about bringing my dog to work. I have friends who work in companies that allow it and it seems to work out well. What could I say to make a persuasive request?
A: Taking a pet to work has been called a movement in some circles. That movement hasn’t reached law firms, as far as I know. That said, there is a lot of information about the benefits of dogs at work, from productivity rates to health benefits to stress reduction. I suggest you do some online research, have several positive points to make, and ask for a trial run with your pet rather than a formal or far-reaching firm policy.
Anticipate your boss’ concerns, without being defensive. For example, if
s/he expresses reservations about the reaction of clients, you could be prepared to offer that the dog would remain away from the reception area and conference room(s). You could also offer to check with co-workers about any allergies or objections, without making it seem like you want to take a poll or try to mobilize your own movement.
Finally, have a plan as to cleaning up after your dog; your research and proposal might include information about the value of taking short breaks, so your boss wouldn’t conclude that tending to your dog would detract from your workday.