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More workplaces could be dog-friendly after lockdown

That's according to a company managing offices in Aylesbury.

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:43am 3rd June 2020. (Updated at 8:29am 3rd June 2020) 3-minute read.

More workplaces could be dog-friendly after lockdown

Could we see more dogs in Aylesbury's workplaces once we're back in the office?

A company which manages offices here reckons pets will feature in the 'new normal' of working life, after we've spent so much time at home with them.

The big winners from the lockdown are most definitely our furry friends, with thousands of "9-5ers" now working from home, the lives of our dogs are only going to get better.

Jonathan Ratcliffe, of Aylesbury office provider Offices.co.uk, said:

"Our dog Molly has enjoyed regular walks and more play-time than ever - this is a trend that is going to continue well past lockdown and force changes to our workspaces."

During lockdown, our dogs have provided entertainment for the kids, helped those with their daily exercise and provided comfort to those lonely and isolated - but the place of the dog in our working routine is about to change more than it has in the last 100 years.

Dogs at work

As more of us work from home and can be more flexible in our daily routines, we will be spending more working time with our dogs than ever, and as we come out of lockdown workplaces throughout Aylesbury will have to adapt to these changes too.

Office spaces in Aylesbury are already taking a more flexible position to enquiries containing the previously dreaded words "dog friendly".

Jonathan added:

"We estimate that around 10% of the serviced office spaces in Aylesbury are currently dog friendly - we predict this to grow to around 30% before the end of 2021."

The "dog friendly" office trend originally started in the States, but more and more businesses in Aylesbury are now demanding it.

As more and more employees work flexibly from home and as dog ownership rises because people have more time to look after them, the trend may well be extended to large corporate offices too.

Jonathan continued:

"Post-Covid workplaces throughout Aylesbury are going to be more employee led, and it'll be interesting to see if the bigger office buildings welcome dogs, this will remain to be seen.

"What we do know is that more time at home means more wagging tails from our furry friends."

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