Pets in the workplace – pros and cons

To coincide with 'Take your dog to work day', ArtsHub canvasses the pros and cons of animals in the workplace.
A brown dog sitting at someone's feet as they work at a desk. Pets workplace.

Depending on who you ask last Friday 21 June or today (Monday 24 June) is international Take Your Dog to Work Day. Of course, for some, a special day is hardly merited as life with a pet is part of every single day.

The initiative was launched in 1999, but in a post-pandemic world, and with the rise of hybrid work environments, pets are playing a bigger role than ever.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina