It has been proven that owning a pet can help to relieve stress, improve mood and increase physical activity. So, why not bring them to work?

Pet-friendly offices are becoming ever more popular over the recent years. Some large and well-known companies that include Google, Nestle, Amazon and many more have implemented policies that allow employees to bring their dogs to work with them. Research has been conducted that looks into the effects of bringing dogs to the workplace.

Researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US looked into the stress levels of employees who brought their dogs to work. They found that these workers began to feel significantly less stressed throughout the day than those who did not bring a dog to work.

Employees who had their pets at their workplace showed an 11% decrease in their stress levels by the end of the workday when compared to a 70% spike in stress levels of employees who left their pets at home. Nestle found that staff members without dogs would often ask those that did if they could take their dog out on a break. They are brief and positive exchanges and meant that the employee was also involving exercise during their break. Central Michigan University held a similar study where individuals were placed into groups, some had dogs and others didn't. They found that by having a dog present it is able to promote cohesion and trust among employees as well as help to develop a more intimate relationship with members within those groups.

There are seen to be three major benefits to having a dog in the workplace. Firstly, dogs help to lower stress levels, heart rate and blood pressure. It can also help individuals who work alone feel less lonely. Secondly, people who bring dogs to the office are perceived to be more friendly and approachable. Finally, it has seen to help improve cooperation, trust and positive behaviour among members of staff. By having dogs in the office, it has helped to improve the overall morale of employees. If you are considering taking your dog to work, think about getting them regularly checked for fleas and worms.

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