This Friday is national “Bring Your Dog To Work Day”. And I’m sure you already know that as a company, we love dogs. Our MD Craig is very often seen cycling Jean Jacques around Leeds in a special pooch pouch!
But did you know that taking pet dogs to work can be beneficial to staff and make the job more satisfying for other employees? Well apparently so, according to a US study! And here are the reasons why:
• It can keep you active. Dogs need walking, fact. What better way to spend your lunch hour or break walking your dog? We know that sitting or standing all day is bad for our health and can be linked to being overweight with a risk of getting diabetes. It’s so important to take regular breaks from your work place and having your dog at work can remind you to stretch your legs and take a quick walk every few hours!
• Dogs can reduce stress. According to research, playing with or petting an animal can increase the levels of the stress-reducing hormone in the body. The study found that access to dogs had a calming effect on people – whether it was their own pet or somebody else’s. And we totally agree with that research – who doesn’t love a dog!
• It can improve job satisfaction by boosting staff morale and employee performance, according to a study by Virginia Commonwealth University. It was found that companies that allow pets in the workplace not only have employees who are more willing to work longer hours, but also experience a lower rate of employee absenteeism. This is because their staff don’t have to worry about rushing home to let the dog out after a long day at work.
If you are considering taking your dog to work this Friday, firstly check your workplace policies to ensure you can do this, and check that nobody at work has any serious pet allergies. Your dog must be up to date on vaccines and ensure you take enough food and water to last them the entire day.