Half of firms allow workers to bring pets


Nearly half of Taiwan companies allow their employees to bring pets to work, according to an unscientific survey published yesterday.

The 1111 Job Bank, a career consultancy, posted a questionnaire on the Internet asking career people if they are allowed to carry pets to work.

Among the 900 people who answered the questionnaire, 42 percent said they were allowed to bring pets to work.

However, some bosses request the pets be locked up, especially when there are visitors in the office, while other bosses allow pets at the work place only on “Pet Day,” the survey said.

The survey found that taking pets to the workplace can create conversation topics for the employees and ease work pressure. Some people dislike the practice but put up with the noise and smell of co-workers’ pets just to avoid creating hurt feelings.