Emotional support animals (ESA) are animals that can be brought into your home or workplace as long as they are not service animals that assist people with disabilities in performing daily tasks such as guiding them to different places, pulling a wheelchair or fetching items for them.
The only requirements are that you provide documentation that your animal provides therapeutic benefits to you, such as a letter from your mental health professionals who says your animal is needed because of mental health problems or disability
As the general population becomes more and more familiar with Emotional Support Animals (ESA), it has become common to see them in the workplace as well. Although not all of these animals have been tested for the presence of any contagious diseases, many employers require that all animals are properly vetted and are completely free from any harmful microorganisms.
Should employers let the workers take their ESA to their workplace?
Employers have also come to realize that employees with Emotional Support Animals often do not suffer from debilitating conditions such as physical disabilities. Rather, they use these animals to avoid the stress of dealing with everyday issues at work or in their daily lives. Many people who rely on ESA’s are highly motivated and capable of performing the duties required of their jobs, but simply feel uncomfortable working in a stressful environment where they might be singled out or ridiculed by coworkers or supervisors for having a mental health issue.
What are the benefits of taking ESA to a workplace?
1) Reduce Stress
Taking your ESAs to your workplace can relieve stress, reduce depression, and alleviate anxiety. When workers have ESAs, it reduces the chances that people will cause all of these problems. It also helps employees feel secure in their work environments.
2) Reduce the cost of care for ESA
Having employees work with their ESAs helps them stay productive and reduces the costs of care for their or pet day care for those who bring their ESAs to their workplace. It also means that workers will not have to pay much if they are traveling a lot or if they are working after-hours.
3) Decrease the company’s turnover rate
Employee turnover can be a major problem, particularly for businesses that spend a lot of money and time trying to get a good deal for someone who leaves quickly. Allowance of ESAs at work is a good way for owners to look very professional and show that they are willing to invest a lot of money to train new employees.
4) Improve the workers performance
Employees of companies that support employees who are emotionally supported are less likely to be absent from the office and can continue to do their job for a long time. Employees at companies that support ESAs are expected to work longer hours, since they are not worried that they should run home to feed their ESAs that are hungry or that they have sick ones that need to be looked at home.
What are the things that need to be considered before taking ESA to a workplace?
Make a commitment to ensure that every emotional support animal they bring to the workplace behaves properly. Make sure it is not barking, not growling, or causing noise that would cause a disruption in the workplace. Your ESAs also need to be supervised all the time to prevent things that are going to disrupt the workflow of your jobs or the others.