WHO LET THE DOGS IN?

Rodd Wagner is a regular contributor to Forbes.com and the author of Widgetsthe second best book about employee engagement published this year.  I’ve linked to Rodd’s work in the past and am sure to do so in the future.  He’s a good thinker and writes good stuff.

Which is why I’m surprised to say that I’m not sure how I feel about his latest Forbes piece: “Who Let the Dogs In?”  In it, he Rodd makes the argument that anything other than full-throated endorsement of a Bring-Your-Dog-to-Work policy is prima facie evidence of troglodytic levels of leadership enlightenment. 

As always with something written by Rodd, it’s interesting and engaging.  Trouble is, there’s a part of me that thinks he’s dead wrong when he writes:

“More and more, dogs in the office are considered a benchmark of a cool place to work. It means somebody high enough to make policy and probably more often concerned with the nuts and bolts of the business said, ‘Why not? People’s dogs are important to them. Let them in.’ It means the firm has the type of leaders who would make similar decisions in hopes of making employees happier at work.”

I guess I’m uncomfortable with the ease with which he makes that cross-species jump.  And while I’m all for making the workplace as accommodating as is reasonable for employees (i.e., humans) I fear that we run the risk of muddying those employees’ understanding that it is just that—a workplace, not a social club.

Anyway, you can decide for yourself by clicking here to read the article about a fuzzy--or at least furry--way to increase levels of employee engagement.  After you do, let me know what you think.

JG