Today, Friday 24th June 2016, is Bring Your Dog to Work Day. But here at PrivateFly, that’s something we do almost every day.
Bring Your Dog To Work Day is a national charity campaign, raising money for rescue charity All Dogs Matter – who work tirelessly to re-home over 300 dogs a year. So it’s a cause we’re delighted to support.
The campaign encourages people to take their pets into the office, to highlight that a dog can actually be a positive and productive presence in the workplace. We agree wholeheartedly with that.
Tex the Labradoodle is my own dog, who comes into the office most days. As my wife Carol is also involved in the business, it’s a practical option for us to have him here. He’s a pretty calm character most of the time.
But it’s not just a practical option. He adds a great deal to life at PrivateFly. Here’s how:
1. Team spirit
All of the PrivateFly team enjoy the relaxation of having a dog in the office. I think it’s great for morale and creates a relaxing and fun atmosphere (especially when he puts on his pilot’s hat).
2. He’s a great marketing tool
Tex is a roving dog-blogger for us, looking at the facilities at airports for taking pets on private jets. Photos of Tex on aircraft have been widely shared on social media. And many of our clients and partners love him when they come to visit.
Tex gets me – or someone else in the team – out of the office, even on the busiest days. I’ve had some of my best meetings with colleagues when walking to the park, getting a breath of fresh air. You can’t be chained to your desk when your dog needs a walk.
You can meet some great contacts on a dog walk. It’s a natural icebreaker and you can find yourself striking up conversations with strangers in a park, that would simply not happen otherwise. I met a new private jet client recently, both out running with our dogs.
5. Stress reliever
Having pets at home has been proven to help combat stress and I think the same applies at work. Having a dog around can therapeutic, it puts things in perspective if you’re having a bad day. Their philosophy of ‘eat, sleep, play’ reminds you not to sweat the small stuff!
6. Understanding the client’s pet requirements/
At PrivateFly we organise many flights for clients who want to fly on a private jet with a dog or other pets. As many of our team don’t have pets at home, having Tex in the office is the best training package we can offer them.
So speak to our experienced, dog-loving flight team for all flight enquiries with your pet! Contact us or call +44 1747 642 777 (24 hours).