Bill wonders what my views are about dogs in the workplace.
I think it's pretty sensible to ban dogs from the workplace. There are too many annoying and unpredictable dogs. There are too many people who have legitimate anti-dog sentiments -- fear, allergies, distaste. It doesn't seem right to give sentimental dog-loving employees the right to impose a disruptive and distracting factor on an environment that their co-workers can't choose to leave. People who own dogs invariably think they are cute and loveable even if they are stinky, hyper, and annoying. You can't leave it up to the dog owners to make a judgment about what their co-workers will like, or the place would be full of terriers and poodles and pugs. So I think no-dogs-at-work policies are okay.
But in a small workplace, where it's possible to know whether people who work there like dogs or not, and where the boss and all the employees can get to know the temperament of the dog who's there, I think it's great to permit dogs. I love going to boatyards or shops or clothing stores or offices where there's a friendly dog who waddles wagging up to greet me, or who ignores me, sleeping in the shade. It's an extra bonus; it makes me comfortable, it makes me want to stay and talk longer. When I'm in places like that I assume the employees are happier. It tells me a business is friendly, sensible, and flexible.