Bringing well behaved pet dogs to work can reduce stress and make the job more satisfying for other employees, a study suggests. US researchers found those with access to dogs were less stressed as the day went on than those who had no access.
The study revealed access to dogs boosted morale and reduced stress levels, whether people had access to their own pets or other people's. They compared those who brought in their own pets, with those who had dogs - but left them at home - and staff who did not own pets.
Stress hormone levels were measured and identified in the morning; there was no difference between the three groups. But during the course of the work day, stress levels appeared to decline for employees with their dogs present and increased for non-pet owners and dog owners who did not bring their dogs to work. The research found for those with dogs at work:
- Employees had a higher job satisfaction
- Dogs provided a great stress relief for all employees
- Dogs made a positive difference and a more enjoyable working environment
- Dogs in the workplace increased employee performance and satisfaction
- Dogs boosted employee morale
- Dogs increased co-worker cooperation and unity
With research confirming that taking your dog to work is beneficial for everyone, the sad and unbelievable news this week was heard all over the world of social media celebrity Dachsund Alan TBH Plumptre who sadly passed away in a revolving door accident of all things as he became distracted by the sight of jogger on the way past!
So some people have asked should you take a dog to work?
The consensus is yes you should and have confirmed all the results of the survey above to be true, including Greg Barker, the Energy Minister who shares his office with Otto the sausage dog. Sources close to Barker have said that Otto was “brilliant for bringing people together – essential when you are working in a coalition.”
The Kennel Club encourages dog-friendly workplaces and according to them 28,000 businesses now allows dogs on their premises, the largest of which is Google.
Search no more for reasons to bring your well behaved dogs to work, the facts tell;
Man’s best friend is simply the best co-worker!