Americans are divided about the presence of dogs in the workplace

Hoang NguyenData Journalist
February 06, 2018, 3:00 PM GMT+0

Over a third of Americans (38%) discourage office dogs

Modern offices today focus on more than just embodying a culture of productivity. Some offer perks – often in the form of ping pong tables, beer on tap, or office dogs – to enhance the employee experience. According to a new YouGov poll, over a third of Americans (35%) think dogs in the workplace should be discouraged.

Research from YouGov Omnibus reveals that more than a quarter (28%) do encourage dogs in the workplace, and an equal amount of people (28%) answered that they were “ambivalent” about the idea.

Of the four regions, the Northeast is the only one more likely to encourage (33%) dogs in the workplace than discourage it (31%). Americans living in the South (39%), Midwest (35%), and West (32%) are more likely to discourage the practice.

It’s common to see these office perks of this type in startups looking to attract and incentivize young talent. Nearly a third (32%) of those between the ages of 18 and 24, who may be just entering the workforce, support allowing dogs in the office. Older millennials (25 to 34) are divided on the issue with just as many saying they encourage (31%) the practice as they discourage it (31%). The desire to discourage dogs in the workplace grows with age.

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