In today's world of making offices as friendly, laid back and full of perks as can be, it is pretty darn common that a dog is sitting next to your desk most days. So even though today, June 23rd, is Bring Your Dog To Work Day (#BringYourDogToWorkDay) at most offices including Etsy and Clif Bar, this is pretty much the norm.
Now as a lover of dogs and proud owner of a delightful, yet complex little Yorkie named Otis (or more formerly Sir Otis Schmagotis), I can say that I love hanging out with dogs. I mean they laugh at all my jokes and don't judge my music tastes (well, maybe a little.) But dogs actually bring real benefits to the workplace.
According to a Virginia Commonwealth University study, employees who bring their dogs to work produced lower levels of the stress-causing hormone cortisol. The 2012 study, led by Randolph Barker, a professor of management, was conducted at a dinnerware company in North Carolina, which sees 20 to 30 dogs a day on its premises. As the workday went on, research found average stress level scores fell about 11% among workers who had brought their dogs to work, while they increased 70% for those who did not.
But it wasn’t only stress that was reduced. There were multiple benefits of having four-legged creatures around.
Your productivity increases
A dog encourages employees to take breaks and come over and rub his belly, or play a quick game of fetch. These little periods of downtime allow the employee to regroup and therefore focus better when they get back to their desk.
Your creativity goes up
Because it is a little bit different to have a dog in the office (though it is getting more and more normal), there is an environmental tone established in the office that puts everyone at ease. Therefore the creative juices are freer to flow.
It makes everyone more social
Having a dog in the office enhances social interaction. You get friendlier and can bond over your love of dogs.
It gets you outside
The dog has to go to the bathroom which gets you, or maybe a small group of employees, outside. This little bit of exercise will help you stay refreshed and boost your productivity.
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