Having a dog has long been found to be good for just about every age group.
For kids, it’s giving them a sense of responsibility, gets them outdoors playing. For families, there is a bonding with their pet, and everyone knows that Rover becomes part of the family. For those with disabilities, it’s been found that rescue dogs actually do even more than help as a seeing-eye-dog, but that these dogs help with anxiety and depression. For the elderly, it’s just another way to keep moving.
There are a hundred and one reasons why it is good to have a dog. But isn’t it even better if, at least on occasion, you could bring your dog to work? It’s not just a nice thing to do, it means a healthier you and healthier work environment.
The International Journal of Workplace Health Management conducted a study and published it’s finding. It clearly indicated that dogs have a significant impact on workplace stress. Additionally, “studies that found that petting one’s dog lowers the owner’s blood pressure, and that interacting with animals increases people’s level of the hormone oxytocin; a neurotransmitter that’s said to increase trust and reduce fear.”
Other ways Dog-Friendly-Workplaces are great…
- They encourage the worker to get outdoors during breaks to take the dog for a walk
- They bring happiness to non-dog-owners, who enjoy them (and often will ask to walk them instead of sitting during their break)
- Having a dog in the office encourages social interaction
- Improves office morale
- Workplace pets could be a low-cost intervention to keep employees happier and healthier
One caveat… workplace dogs must be friendly, clean, and well-behaved.