New research highlights benefits of telehealth services including the dramatic impact pets have on workplace productivity and well being
LOS ANGELES, March 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Airvet, the #1-rated pet telehealth platform in the U.S., today announced the findings of its latest survey examining how pets and pet care influences employee productivity, well-being, and engagement.
With 70% of the U.S. population owning pets and pet ownership anticipated to rise 14% by 2030, business leaders are starting to include pets in the definition of family. Combine the pet ownership trend with the growing vet shortage, employers are turning their focus to include pet parents.
Key findings from the survey include:
- 63% of workers indicated that additional pet benefits would increase their desire to stay with their company for the next 12 months.
- 95% of pet parents surveyed view their pets as members of their family. This strong emotional connection strongly influences how pet parents feel – both at home and in the workplace.
- 43% of working pet parents have delayed or avoided care due to conflicts in their work schedule.
- 75% of workers have trouble focusing when something is wrong with their pet, resulting in a workforce that is distracted and under emotional distress.
“In the past decade, we have seen real effort to better align employee benefits with the realities of who employees are and how they define their families. Employers have a chance to evaluate how we define and support families. While today only 35% of US households have children under 18, 70% of households own a pet. So it’s no surprise that 63% of workers with pets said that if their employer offered them additional pet benefits this would increase their desire to stay with their company for the next 12 months. The ubiquitous nature of pet ownership and sustained growth in pet adoption, requires benefit teams to re-evaluate how they are meeting the needs of their employees,” Dan Lieberman, President of Airvet.
The report is available for download on Airvet’s website. The report provides valuable insight into the human-pet relationship and its impact in the workplace with tips on how employers can start implementing pet-friendly strategies including policies and benefits. The report highlights the importance of pet telehealth services for employers as a way to reduce stress, improve productivity, increase inclusivity and belonging and support an emotionally healthy work environment.
Airvet is a leading provider of pet telehealth services that has helped more than 250,000 pet families across the United States and Canada. Airvet partners with leading organizations like Adobe, Ceridian, and Pet Plate to offer an employee benefit that improves employee productivity and reduces stress while creating a more inclusive and equitable workplace. To learn more about Airvet, visit airvet.com/employers.
Related Link: 2023 Pet Parent Survey Report