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Employers who cultivate a pet-friendly environment stand to attract best talent

Conor Skehan


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Pets have become accustomed to having their owners at home full-time. Photo: Ekaterina Martynova

Pets have become accustomed to having their owners at home full-time. Photo: Ekaterina Martynova

Pets have become accustomed to having their owners at home full-time. Photo: Ekaterina Martynova

The world of work is not changing by gradual transitions. Instead, people who study describe the changes that our world is experiencing as a ‘step-change’. We are living through a period where a number of factors are colliding and driving changes to the world of work that is arguably as big as what happened after the First World War, when traditional certainties such as hats and horses disappeared overnight.

An employer in 1910 who specialised in headgear or equestrian supplies seemed to have an assured future because these types of businesses were many centuries old. But by 1920, both were in steep decline, while by 1930 both were increasingly exotic specialisations. The changes happened in startlingly similar circumstances. The world between 1910 and 1920 experiences a pandemic, war and a surge of new types of communications, energy, transport and manufacturing.


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