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Why Every Workplace Needs A Dog.

If your workplace could use a bit of a morale boost, why not consider bringing your dog in for the day? Research has found this could reduce stress levels and make work more satisfying for employees.

According to a study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University, pets make a positive difference in the workplace.

The study was conducted in a US manufacturing business, where people were allowed to bring their pets to work. Researchers compared this group with two others: those who had pets but couldn’t bring them into work and staff who didn’t have pets.

Using saliva samples, employee’s stress hormone levels were measured throughout the day. Initially, no difference was found between the three groups but later in the day, stress reduced for those with their dogs at work and increased for the other two groups.

Researchers also found stress levels rose sharply on the days dog owners left their pets at home, compared to those days in which they were at work with them.

Lead study author Randolph Barker said the results speak for themselves.

“The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had higher job satisfaction than industry norms.”

This study has been backed up a number of experts, including psychotherapist Terri Bodell, who says pets improve productivity by:

  • Encouraging employees to relax,
  • Reducing heart rate and lowering blood pressure,
  • Promoting a productive and positive frame of mind, and
  • Encouraging social interaction, leading to more effective collaboration.

Being an avid dog lover, I can agree wholeheartedly, that animals create a great vibe in the office.    I remember taking my puppy (who’s now 6) into the office and the happy, friendly, feeling within the team was amazing, and whilst you may think productivity was down because everyone wanted to play with the puppy, surprisingly it wasn’t, which I can only conclude was because everyone was in a positive mood for the whole day.

If you’ve got a story you’d like to share about your wonderful furry friend, email me, or post a message on our facebook page.  I’d love to hear it!

Lynne Brook, Brook Personnel.


Author: Dynamic Business Magazine