What does it mean to work like a dog?
There is a bit of a debate about how professional it is to bring dogs into the workplace. Some argue that they are distracting, messy and negatively affect productivity. However, it is quite the opposite. (Excluding hair and drool, of course!)
Believe it or not, having dogs in the office can actually boost production. A survey from The American Pet Product Manufacturers Association (APPMA) reports that nearly one in five American companies allows pets in the workplace. The corporate office at HH Staffing is frequently visited by the owners’ two dogs – a well-mannered Boston Terrier and a feisty Pomchi (Pomeranian + Chihuahua). They are pictured below. They always add more excitement and positivity to the office.
Let us explore some of the benefits our canine friends can bring to the workplace.
1. Reduce Stress
Studies have shown positive correlation between pets and blood pressure. Even at your most stressed it is hard to resist smiling when you see a dog. Their happy demeanor is an instant mood booster; it’s contagious!
2. Promote Team Bonding
Having a dog in the office can be an excellent bonding tool. In many offices people tend to keep to themselves with their nose to the grindstone, as they say. However, when a dog is around people usually congregate around them. This promotes team interaction and creates conversations where everyone can contribute.
3. Pets Won’t Have to Be Left Alone
Having dogs in the workplace doesn’t just affect us humans, our furry friends will be happier, too. As you know, dogs really do not like be left alone for too long. If you allow employees to bring their pet to the office they will not be concerned about leaving them by themselves all day long. It may even encourage staff to work longer hours, as they will not have to rush home to relieve their pet.
All this being said, there are a few things that we recommend you consider if you plan to allow employees to bring pets into the workplace. Firstly, make sure your building is dog-friendly and a safe environment. You will want to make sure no one in the office is allergic to or scared by dogs, make sure the dog is well-behaved, and provide all the necessary food, water, and toys.
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