Bringing Your Dog To Work

Want passionate, productive employees? Bringing dogs into the workplace could be the answer. According to a recent study, dogs in the workplace can boost organizations' performance and bottom line by providing social support, reducing stress, and increasing social interaction.

Katlyn Eriksen · July 09, 2019

Why Bringing Your Dogs To Work
Is Great For Business

Want passionate, productive employees? Bringing dogs into the workplace could be the answer. According to a recent study, dogs in the workplace can boost organizations' performance and bottom line by providing social support, reducing stress, and increasing social interaction. Dog owners can also work better knowing that their dogs aren’t lonely or anxious at home. Here’s what you should consider if you want to hop on the bring-your-dog-to-work trend.

Dogs Add Work-Life Balance

Having a pet in the office may sound like introducing more distractions, but sometimes, that’s a good thing. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when faced with a difficult task, and stress does nothing to improve your output. Sometimes, all you need is a short break to reset and come back to your desk refreshed, but many workers have trouble tearing themselves away from their work.

Pets in the office give employees more reason to step away from the computer to go on short walks and even play around a little. According to studies, taking brief breaks helps people stay focused on tasks, and dogs are a great way to de-stress and lift spirits. Dog owners also tend to be healthier and pay fewer visits to the doctor, so bringing dogs to work could decrease absenteeism due to sick days.

Dogs Foster Collaboration

It usually takes time for new teams to get comfortable with each other and start working together effectively, but dogs can speed up the process. They can make people more comfortable and happy, which helps people become more open to positive interaction, creating strong relationships and synergy. One study found that a dog’s presence made groups more friendly, observing more eye contact, relaxed body language, and increased feelings of trust.

Pets also encourage social interaction by starting conversations between coworkers who may not have interacted without the help of a furry friend. They effectively create more opportunities for collaboration. Because healthy relationships are essential to an organization’s success, dogs can be assets in the workplace.

Dogs Attract Talent

More and more offices are switching to dog-friendly policies to attract and keep talent, especially millennials. Millennials are now the largest pet-owning generation, and pet-friendly workplaces usually have a younger workforce, with two-thirds of the employees under the age of 45. For employees who have worked in pet-friendly offices, the policy has become a non-negotiable.

According to a recent study, 65 percent of employees at pet-friendly workplaces say that having the option to bring their pet to work is important. 63 percent of these employees said that they were “very” satisfied with their work environment, almost twice as many as those who don’t work in pet-friendly offices. The survey showed that these employees ranked having pets at work as their second most valued work perk — higher than free coffee and parking.

Of course, it’s important to note that not all dogs are suitable for the office environment, and not all employees enjoy having dogs in close proximity. Some people are allergic to dogs, or simply don’t care for them. Before implementing pet-friendly policies, workplaces should be prepared with practical rules. For example, dogs should be up-to-date with their vaccines, and filters should be installed to prevent allergies. Workplaces could also require pet owners to install a gate at their cubicle. With the proper protocols in place, dogs can make the office a more harmonious, productive, and happy place to work.

Raw Food Tip:

Working dogs are defined as those that have been taught to perform any number of tasks that assist and/or entertain their human companions.  These activities range from managing cattle on a ranch, to leading a blind person down the road, to performing stunts and modeling in shows. 

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