Why You Should Bring Your Dog To Work

Correction*** This post should read: Why You Should Bring Your *Well-Behaved* Dog To Work.

I am a firm believer that dogs should be allowed in the workplace. Studies have shown that dogs reduce stress, make the environment friendlier, increase productivity, boost employee collaboration AND boost ethical behavior. All of those positives combined with the fact that YOU DON’T HAVE TO PAY THEM is a win-win for everyone!

Don’t believe that dogs can increase productivity or reduce stress? Try searching this topic and see for yourself! You’ll find the following articles on the web:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/dogs-to-work-stress_n_3475977.html
http://www.themuse.com/advice/9-reasons-why-office-dogs-make-the-best-employees
http://management.fortune.cnn.com/2013/06/21/dogs-at-work/
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/23/business/office-dogs-stress/

Not all dogs behave the same way, for this reason not all dogs should be allowed at work. I am a parent to a well-behaved dog named Cooper (pictured below at work) He has been going to work everyday with my husband for the past five years.

coop in chair “Dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference,” says Randolph T. Barker, a professor of management at the VCU School of Business, who has studied the effects of the presence of pets on worker stress levels. “The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had higher job satisfaction than industry norms.””Pet presence may serve as a low-cost wellness intervention readily available to many organizations and may enhance organizational satisfaction and perceptions of support,” says VCU’s Barker. “Of course, it is important to have policies in place to ensure only friendly, clean, and well-behaved pets are present in the workplace.”
 
 
 So go on and ask your employer if they will support National Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 20th.
 
 

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