HR Strange But True!
October 13, 2011

What could dogs possibly have to do with HR? Here are a few columns putting dogs in the HR spotlight.

These Jobs Are for the Dogs!—Take your dog to work? No, make it work! Why should your dog just lie around the house when it could be gainfully employed?

Canine References and Other Unusual Résumé Mishaps—Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason. They can be affectionate and devoted companions. However, no matter how loyal your pet is, it’s never a good idea to use it for a reference.

Bow Row: Service Dog Fight Lands Restaurant Manager in Court—and Unemployment Line—Not everyone is an animal lover as this situation shows. An off-duty restaurant manager was so distressed over the presence of a dog in her restaurant; she is now facing assault and battery charges. The twist is that it was a service dog.

Pedigree Protection: Security and Companionship—Executives who may be looking to improve security may be interested in a line of executive protection that provides safety and companionship. If so, man’s best friend may be a perfect fit for the job.

The Ultimate Workplace Coach—Your Dog!—Want to unleash the answers to all your pesky issues and problems at work? Just observe your dog and mimic its behavior, says a one business book. Your dog’s “advice” may even help you make more money!

Are Dog-Friendly Employers Best in Show?—Every dog has its day, but should there be a continuous canine presence every day in your workplace? Are pet-friendly companies really best in show when it comes to recruitment and retention? Author Rhonda Abrams thinks so.

Tell us your strange workplace story and it could be featured in an upcoming column!

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