This week we will look at why having dogs at work can actually be positive for both employees and the company it self.
Lets start with stats. Around 8 of US and UK employers allow dogs at work. 2016 Survey done by Benfield pet Hospital found that 82% of employees feel a greater sense of loyalty to pet friendly companies, 88% think pets at work improve morale and 86% say they reduce stress.
In the UK you can find pets in pet sectors such as Mars Pet care, Charity Blue Cross Pets at Home, but not only there, you can also find pets at other types of business like Firebox a retailer and Next Management a model agency. Pets are also allowed in Nestle’s office in Gatwick. On average Gatwick office has 25 dogs a day its says by the end of the year 100 dogs will have staff passes at Nestle.
In US Build a Bear workshop Ben & Jerry’s allow dogs and Idea is spreading to the public sector. You can also find dogs in places like dental surgeries boutiques and hair salons.
Lets have a look at the leading Technology companies and see what they think. Google code is ‘’affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture’’. Amazon have around 2,000 employees that registered their pets at its headquarters in Seattle. The reception at Amazon have desk stocked with biscuits and set water fountains at dog height. They also have an off-leash park where pets can be exercised.
So what can be so good in having furry friend at work? Studies have shown that allowing a dog at workplace can reduce work-related stress, improve morale and increase job satisfaction.
There is also 10 benefits of being a dog owner:
- Get sick less – People with dogs seen to get ill less frequently and less severely than people with no pets.
- Resistance to Allergies – Children living with dog are less likely to develop allergies over the course of lives or even develop eczema as an adult.
- Be Happier – Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression
- Better Heart Health – petting a dog lowers heart rate and blood pressure.
- More Exercise – Most dog owners get the recommended minimum 30 Minutes of exercise a day
- A more active social life – People trust other who have dogs more than just random people.
- Cancer detection- Scientific studies show that dogs can smell cancer in the human body.
- A reflection of your Personality- A study in England found a very clear correlation between human personalities and what type of dog they own.
- Lower stress at work – People who are interacting with pet while working have lower stress levels, people who don’t their stress increases over the time. Dog owner take more brakes to play with or walk a dog which makes them more energized when they return to work. This in turn has been shown to lead to much greater job satisfaction and productivity.
- They are just so adorable!
The important things to remember before allowing employees to bring dogs to work and for employees to respect the rules
- Make sure no one Objects – some people have allergies, some just don’t like pets or have phobias
- If you are employer Check your insurance or make your employees sign paperwork committing to covering any damage caused by their pet.
- Try out Bring a dog to work day – to see how it work out.
- Establish pet free zones – have places were pet are allowed to run around but also pet free zones where pet should stay clear from.
- Create a pet committee – where people can share any complaints or praise about how pets are interacting in the office.
- Make sure office is safe for pets
- Pets must be supervised
- Pets must be comfortable have plenty of water and food
- Make sure pets are happy to go to work with you – some dogs prefer to stay at home and do their own things and some to spend 100% of their time with their human.
- Clean up after your dog
- Make sure the dog is suitable for your office, the aggression cannot be accepted and it needs to be ok with other pet friends. It need to respect the working hours and in return get a well deserved break.
Employee + Dog= Happy Employee = Happy office = Happy Company
Sources: cio.com, mentalfloss.com, theguardian.com, bbc.co.uk