Not all dog owners are allowed to bring their dogs with them to work every day, but a new study published by the ‘International Journal of Workplace Health Management’ might just help you convince your boss that it could be a good idea. The study found that bringing dogs to work can reduce stress and make the job more satisfying for other employees.
The study was carried out by a team of researchers at
Over a week, the researchers compared employees' stress levels, job satisfaction and feelings about support from and commitment to their canine companionship. In the morning, there was no difference between the three groups. However, as the day progressed, the stress levels appeared to decline for employees with their dogs present and increased for non-pet owners and dog owners who did not bring their dogs to work. The research also noted that stress rose significantly during the day when owners left their dogs at home compared to days they brought them to work.
The study also showed that having dogs around the workplace may contribute to employee performance and satisfaction. It can also help morale in the office. Most employees noted that it made conversations easier, morale higher and helped with cooperation among the employees. I would also think that Bosses would be reluctant to raise their voices as dogs could cower and/or fight back!
This study isn’t surprising as we have known that pets can make us happy and usually the people around us will feel the same way. Further, if workers are happy, they are more productive. Of course, you would not want to bring an unruly, less behaved dog to the office as that would be unpleasant for everyone. The more sociable, adaptable dog is the best pet to share with your colleagues.
By bringing your dog to work with you, it would definitely reduce your stress as you don’t have to feel badly for leaving your dog at home for hours. And, who knows? You might even want to stay at work later. Therefore, if your boss is wiling, why not bring your dog to the office and make everyone happy and productive. Isn’t it worth a try?
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