As the workplace evolves and perks such as free beer, snacks, flexible hours and treadmill desks are becoming the norm, one thing that has been slow to change is dogs in the workplace. In honor of National Puppy Day, we decided to take a look at the benefits of working alongside man’s best friend.
According to a study conducted at the schools of Business, Medicine, and Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University, bringing your dog to work can actually reduce stress. The results of the study, published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, indicates that bringing dogs to work may lower stress and increase employee satisfaction when compared with employees who either did not bring their dog to work or who did not own a pet.
The study compared three groups of employees: those who brought their dogs to work, those who own dogs by did not bring them to work and employees without pets. The results of the study found that stress declined in people who brought their dogs to the office while stress increased for the two groups who did not bring a canine companion to work. Additionally, on days during the study when the dog owners who usually brought their dog to work did not bring their dogs to work, owners’ stress increased throughout the day and was comparable with colleagues who did not ever bring a dog to work.
As research on the benefits of bringing pets to work is ongoing, companies such as Life is Good, Google, Autodesk and Amazon have already embraced Fido in the workplace. Do you think that dogs in the workplace will be the norm in 2020? Dog lovers everywhere can hope!
[Source: National Canine Research Council]
[Source: Randolph T. Barker, Janet S. Knisley, Sandra B. Barker, Rachel K. Cobb, Christine M. Schubert (2012), “Preliminary investigation of employee’s dog presence on stress and organizational perceptions”, published in The International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol 5 Iss: 1 pp. 15-30.]