15 reasons why dogs should be allowed in the office!

15 reasons why dogs should be allowed in the office

 

They say the dog is man’s best friend, so let’s bring them to the office! Not just because we hate leaving them, but also because there’s now scientific evidence to suggest their company is beneficial on many levels – from improving health to strengthening bonds between colleagues.

 

1. Dogs can help to lower stress

A study by Virginia Commonwealth University found that dog owners who brought their dogs to work benefitted from lower levels of stress than their dog-owning counterparts who were forced to leave their dog whilst at work. Of course, we knew this already, but it’s good to know there’s some research to back it up 😉 (1)

2. Dogs promote exercise

Dogs need walking! This motivates office workers to get out and about by taking their four-legged friend for a walk, which in turn improves health and reduces stress – bonus! (2)

3. Dogs encourage a better work-life balance

Bringing your dog to the office helps dog owners to feel less guilty, making it easier for them to spend time walking or playing with their dog during the day. The regular breaks can help to vastly improve productivity. (3)

4. A dog in the office promotes taking breaks

We are consistently told to take breaks at work to help refresh the mind or stretch our legs. Taking a short break by walking the dog can help clear the mind and calm down in the middle of a stressful situation. (2)

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5. Employees feel more positive towards their employer 

Dog owners who are welcome to bring their dog to work report feeling a higher level of organisational support and that their employer cares about their development. (4)

6. Employees are happier in their jobs

The study by Virginia University we referred to earlier also found that dog owners who took their dog to the office had higher levels of job satisfaction when compared with those who had to leave their dog. (5)

7. Dogs aid socialisation between colleagues

Any dog owner will understand that having a dog triggers conversations with people you would never usually meet or speak to. In the same way, dogs trigger conversations at work with colleagues that would not otherwise happen. (2 & 5)

Dogs help build trust between colleagues

8. Dogs improve team bonding and trust

A Central Michigan University study found that dogs can act as an ice breaker by providing teams something to talk about when they first meet. As a result, this can improve satisfaction, trust and interaction within and between teams. (6)

9. Dogs provide a better sense of community

Employees of dog-friendly offices report that dogs keep spirits high and create an improved sense of community and connection. (2)

10. A dog-friendly office promotes an open company culture

According to Huffington Post’s Communnications Manager, Lena Auerbuch, companies which allow pets into the office offer a more comfortable, open and flexible appearance. (2)

11. Dog-friendly companies can retain employees 

53% of employees in a Banfield Pet Hospital survey reported that they were more likely to stay with the company if they were allowed to bring their pets to work. (7)

12. Dogs can be great marketing tools for companies

Many people love dogs. So making dogs a party of your company culture, whether as a company mascot, featuring on your social media or your website, can present a win-win situation for both employees and employers – both in terms of company awareness and revenue and employee satisfaction. (8)

13. Being pet-friendly can aid recruitment

Welcoming pets into the office environment provides HR with an attractive and unique company benefit. With 44% of the UK population (Statista 2017) owning a pet, that’s a huge potential employee-base to tap into! (7)

14. Dogs can improve productivity

Research shows that pet-friendly policies – whether simple or more complex – can have a positive effect on employees productivity and results. (9)

15. Dogs improve working conditions

70% of respondents from the earlier mentioned Banfield survey, including those from-non-pet friendly companies, report that pets in the office boosts morale and workplace dynamics. (7)

 

6 ways to make your office dog-friendly:

1. Keep a dog basket in the corner of your office

Create a quiet and comfortable corner for your pet to rest and sleep in while you’re grafting away!

2. Pet-proof the office

Ensure electricity cables are tucked away, bins are closed and there are no choking hazards lying around for your dog. (10)

3. Create pet-free zones

Not all employees loves animals and if you’re holding an important client meeting, the presence of a dog may be more distracting than beneficial. Therefore, ensure there are pet-free zones in parts of the office, the kitchen and meeting rooms. (10)

4. Bowl of waterDog food and water bowls

Keep a fresh bowl of water in the office and ensure it is topped up and replaced each day.

5. Food and / or treats

Ensure there is a selection of fresh and healthy treats for your dog, and if they require a meal while you’re at work, ensure there is a supply of their usual dog food in a cupboard.

6. Dog care rota

Create a fair and simple rota for everyone who would like to be involved in helping out with the dog – this should include time to walk the dog as well as taking him or her for regular toilet breaks.

 

Sources:

1. Barker, Randolph (2012). Preliminary investigation of employees dog presence on stress and organisational perceptions – emeraldinsight.com
2. Smith, Jordan (2014). Why you should be pro puppy in the workplace (Hint: Cuteness isn’t the only factor) – inc.com
3. Biro, Meghan (2017). Who let the dogs in? The benefits of allowing pets in the workplace – talentculture.com
4. McDermott, John (2012). Study: Office dogs reduce work-related stress – inc.com
5. Centers for disease control and prevention (2014). Health benefits of pets – cdc.gov
6. Alusheff, Alex (2012). Canine Coworkers – siop.org
7. Banfield Pet Hospital (2016). Pet-friendly workplace PAWrometer – banfield.com
8. Popick, Janine (2013). Is your business going to the dogs? – inc.com
9. Wilkin, Christa (2016). Who let the dogs in? A look at pet-friendly workplaces – emeraldinsight.com
10. Schiff, Jennifer (2015). 14 rules for creating a bring-your-dog-to-work-policy – cio.com

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