We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – there are few things in the world that can lift spirits and brighten a room quite like the sight of a wagging tale, floppy ears and wet nose. And it’s been said time and time again that the presence of animals helps to relieve stress and improve your overall mood.
Let’s take a look at the typical office workplace environment, where let’s be honest, stress levels can often reach knuckle crunching levels. Multiple studies have shown that having a dog in the office not only lowers levels of stress and encourages productivity, but also helps to boost morale. For example, in a 2012 study it was found that employees who were around dogs in the workplace reported feeling less stressed than employees who have dogs around them solely in their personal lives. This study also found that dogs triggered workplace interactions that may not usually take place.
Allowing dogs in the workplace has cemented itself as a key employee benefit, and is a great excuse to give those straining eyes a break from the computer and a rest-stop onto a friendly, furry face. And it’s not just the employees that reap the benefits, as employers have found that an open door policy toward a man’s best friend has a wealth of other business-enhancing benefits such as a boost in work morale, reduced employee sick-days and stress-related illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.
Offices that have jumped on the trend of in-house four legged companions include Ben and Jerrys, Google, Amazon, Etsy and Build-a-Bear just to name a few. And it looks like this could be a fast-growing office trend as more and more companies seem to be jumping on the bandwagon! Apart from the overall office benefits of a dog, it also means that more and more full-time workers are able to adopt a dog without feeling the guilt of leaving it at home or monetary strain of having to fork out for a dog walker during office hours.
However, if you’re contemplating taking your four-legged friend to your 9-5 job with you, make sure that it’s fully trained and an appropriate size, because we don’t think a Great Dane that hasn’t been toilet trained yet is going to go down too well with your colleagues.