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Five Reasons I’d Rather Hire Dogs than People


by Glenn Shepard
February 14, 2017
Category: Management



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Grateful Katie
Grateful Katie


It doesn’t matter whether they’re doctors, lawyers, plumbers, police officers, or anything else.

Managers who’ve attended my seminars from California to New York say the same thing…

“My job would be so easy if I didn’t have to deal with employees”.

As the battle for virtual assistants (Siri, Amazon Echo, Google Home, etc.) heats up, I wonder if they’ll ever get good enough to start replacing people.

It sounds preposterous, but as self-driving cars get closer to reality, I can’t help but wonder.

As I looked at our twin Westies and pondered whether anything could ever replace humans in the workplace, it occurred to me how much easier management would be if you could hire dogs.

Case and Point….

1. They’re Not Job Hoppers
No seeing eye dog (or service dog of any type) has ever quit their job. They stay at it until they’re forced into retirement.

2. They’re Sincerely Happy to See You Every Morning
My pet peeve is when employees don’t say “Good Morning”. I once had an employee I sarcastically called “Sunshine” because she was such a grouch in the mornings. When I look back at all the dogs I’ve owned over the years, every single one has been so excited to see me first thing in the day that it was if I had been away for weeks. If employees were that cheerful, everyone would be eager to come to work.

3. They’re Grateful
I learned years ago to hire the best people money can buy, pay them well, and reward them with nice bonuses. While I know that’s a smart business move, it chaps my hide when employees are ungrateful for me paying them more than I have to.

On the other hand, I’ve never had a dog that wasn’t grateful. One of our Westies is a Rescue Dog we saved from the dog pound. We call her Grateful Katie because she often jumps in our laps while wagging her tail 90 mph, just looks at us and smiles as if to say “Thank you for saving me from death row”, and then jumps down.

4. They Always Remain Motivated
No matter how much you like your job, it can get boring to repeat the same work every day. But every canine with a job, from hunting dogs to drug sniffing dogs, will pull your arm off if you don’t let them off the leash to perform the task they’re trained to do – even if they’ve done it 1,000 times.

5. Loyalty
I’ve never had a dog use my company’s computer to type up their resume, look for another job on my time, or leave for greener pastures. (And then reapply for their old job when they found out the grass wasn’t greener on the other side of the fence.)

I know it’s politically incorrect to compare people to dogs.

But is it so unreasonable to expect virtues like loyalty, gratitude, and a strong work ethic from humans?

To Your Success,

Glenn Shepard

If you’re a human who exhibits these qualities, I guarantee you'll never have a problem finding a good job.


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