I don’t have to read any research articles to know this!! Us dog-loves already know this is a fact! -Juli
New York Daily News reports:
Bring your dog to work to lower stress; companies that allow pooches have happier workers
A new study supports the stress-reducing benefits of bringing your pooch to work — to play with, look at, and pet while working.
According to a Virginia Commonwealth University study, having a dog at work not only reduces the owners’ stress level but also increased the level of job satisfaction for other employees as well. The study, announced Thursday, was published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management.
“Dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference,” said head researcher Randolph T. Barker. “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.”
The study took place at Replacements Ltd, a service-manufacturing-retail company located in North Carolina, which employs approximately 550 people. The company has a dog friendly policy, similar to other companies such as Amazon, Ben & Jerry’s and Zynga, according to CBS News, with around 20 to 30 dogs romping through the office every day. The study took place over a period of one work week, and subjects completing both surveys and saliva samples to measure stress levels.
According to The Humane Society of the United States, there are numerous benefits to having dogs at work, including improved staff morale, worker productivity, and camaraderie among employees.
Numerous studies have shown that having a pet is a good investment for your health. One study found that having a pet lowered your risk factors for heart disease, and another found that dogs encourage more consistent walking and exercise.
Take Your Dog to Work Day is on June 22, 2012! Learn how you can participate in this national day that promotes less stress in the workplace and encourages adoption of dogs from shelters, rescues and humane societies. It’s a celebration of the bond us humans have with canines! This site will provide you with information on activities you and your dog can do together at work and will give you ideas on ways to win your boss over with the idea of bringing your pooch to work with you! You can also enter a photo contest and alert the media about your plans for Take Your Dog to work day! -Juli
- Pets at Work Keep Workers Happy (news.health.com)
- Dogs in the Workplace Mean Better Mental Health (bigthink.com)