Employers often have policies against office dogs. If they do allow it, the employer doesn’t know how to integrate the dog into the workplace. What if someone is allergic? Fearful? Having a dog at work cannot only benefit the employee but the company. Animals in the workplace have proven to boost team moral and productivity.
A Companies Best Friend
According to a study done by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association 17% of companies allow animals in the workplace. The most common animal brought to work are dogs (76%). Some of the largest companies in the world allow dogs in the workplace, such as:
- Mars Inc.
Some pets are not brought into work form performance purpose, yet they are celebrities in their own right. Chelsea Handler has a talk show on Netflix and her two rescue dogs (Tammy and Chunk) have become stars. You can find them wandering around set when Chelsea is interviewing other celebrities.
An experiment done by Central Michigan University tested the collaboration of people when a dog was present. In the study, they split into two groups, one that had a dog and another that didn’t. At the end of the study each test subject was asked to answer a questionnaire on how they felt working with the other member of the team. The subjects that had a dog answered highly in measures of trust, team cohesion and intimacy than those who had not.
Many studies have been done showing the relationship between low stress and the companionship of a pet. A study done by Virginia Commonwealth University tested the physiological and psychological effects of having a pet at work. The study found that employees who left their animal at home had a higher stress level than those who brought their pets in.
In terms of employee satisfaction, allowing pet-friendly work environments has proven to be a big morale booster for our company. We are fortunate to be allowed to bring our pets to the office, which has created a very positive and welcoming workspace for our team, as well as boosting employee productivity and company loyalty.
–Ariel Jacoby, digital content editor, Medelita Scrubs & Lab Coats
So, how do lower stress levels create a better work environment? Employees who have lower stress levels don’t get sick often and take fewer days off of work. This will lead to lower insurance costs, increased productivity, overall happiness, and a long tenured employee. Why wait, make your office a dog friendly workplace today!