I've been advised that we have an employee who is on the list to receive an assistance dog for their hearing difficulties and I would like to ask for advice from anyone that has experience of an assistance dog in the workplace.
We want to be as supportive as possible with the employee however I am already aware that another member of the same team is allergic to animals so that made me wonder what other challenges there may be.
We've also had a situation previously where an employee at a social event and had a major panic when she saw a cat nearby so I wonder how we will manage existing/new employees who may be scared of dogs and are in the same building or even meetings with the person whose dog it will be - internal and external meetings.
Obviously we'll work with the organisation who provide the dogs for advice but I would like to hear from an employers point of view so I can be as prepared as possible.
I hope I don't come across as negative about this because it's definitely not the case and I just want to think about the day to day practicalities.
Many thanks in advance