I’m sure most of you will have heard of BYOD, however a new ‘bring your own’ practice is making its way into some businesses. The popularity of BYOC has been aided in part by the phenomenon ‘lolcats‘ which has seen comical depictions of cats-up-to-no-good plastered across social media sites nationwide.
Who Can BYOC Benefit?
BYOC (Bring Your Own Cat) is providing many benefits to employers, employees and felines alike. For employers, research has shown that cat owners tend to be more intelligent than dog owners, therefore logic would suggest that by having more cats around the office your workers will actually demonstrate increased intelligence levels. It goes without saying that the more cats in the office, the higher the increase in intelligence. Another incentive is that with BYOC there’s no need to fork out for a pricey health plan; it has been shown that cats are better at controlling people’s blood pressure than drugs.
As for employees, what better perk than to be allowed to bring your treasured pet to work with you each day. What’s more, it has been found that cats are well equipped to help people get through stressful situations - if you’re having a hard day it may do you more good to spend time with your furry companion rather than a close work colleague. Struggling to concentrate? A study reported in LiveScience claims that looking at videos of cute animals can boost your productivity – just think how much of a boost a real live animal would give.
Not forgetting the focus of this new policy, BYOC has proved very popular among cats themselves. Fed up of owners who work long hours and leave them to while away the day at home, cats have very much voted in favour of coming to work with their owners.
Of course, there are some who may claim ‘I’m really not a cat person’ or ‘I’m allergic to cats’. If during the implementation of your policy you come across employees demonstrating these concerns, you must be quick to reassure them and to offer advice as to how they can overcome their qualms. We would suggest that the company offer to fund any resources necessary for this; for example, a quick web search reveals a number of different options to prevent the symptoms of a cat allergy.
Office practicalities also need to be taken into account; are there any loose cables a cat could chew on? Where would the litter tray be placed? Would the cat be allowed to roam freely around all office space? Is it feasible for a cat flap to be installed? How would cat duties be shared – a rota? Is the cat expected to chip in with any work tasks? Who is responsible for any work-place injury caused by the cat? All these things, and more, need to be carefully considered with the full support of your team.
All in all, while implementing BYOC in your workplace may seem to take a large amount of preparation, the benefits it reaps can far outweigh the set up costs. While we at You Say Social do not currently have a BYOC policy of our own, we would encourage you to get in touch with any questions you may have via Twitter or Facebook.