HR Review has published an article which touches on a particularly controversial issue:  should we be allowed to bring dogs to work? And if so, which breed is best suited to the workplace?

Pets in the workplace may improve staff morale and help alleviate stress. It could also help staff with costs (e.g. avoiding the need for day kennels or dog walkers) or allow us to work longer hours.

However, the question of whether we should allow dogs into the workplace is bound to divide opinion. We need to take into account, for example, that some people have real phobias about canines, while others suffer significant allergies.  

If we were to force them to work with dogs we may run the risk of legal challenges from personal injury to constructive dismissal.

And of course, there are others who have no medical condition but nevertheless dislike dogs. 

Let’s get to the real controversy. If we were to allow dogs in the workplace should we favour any particular breed?

Turns out Sainsbury’s Bank has been brave, or foolish, enough to venture an opinion on the top five dog breeds. This is connected to its online tool (called “Pawfect Match”) to help identify your ideal pet.  

According to Sainsbury’s the top five are Siberian Husky, King Charles Spaniel, Welsh Corgi, Golden Retriever and Pug.

All great in their own way, but I am sure you will agree with me that this is clearly mistaken. For example surely a Siberian Husky is better suited to outdoors in (to pick a location at random) Siberia.

I can confirm that following extensive research into both human and canine psychology the number one dog for the workplace is a springer spaniel. Fortunately it just so happens that my dog, Buddy, is a springer spaniel. I plan to break the news to Bud this evening that he has a new career greeting colleagues and clients at Ledingham Chalmers. 

On the basis the minimum wage does not apply to spaniels, and hopefully we can reach agreement on a suitable remuneration (i.e. daily biscuit allowance).