Why should your business have a pet-friendly policy? The reason that it’s awesome and that it will feed your soul in that special way only fluffy dog kisses can, while true, may not convince your boss. At Unleashed Life we’re very fortunate to have Bring Your Dog to Work Day every day of the week so we’d like to consider ourselves experts on the topic. We’re here to help convince the unbelievers that dogs do indeed belong in the office. So pack your pup a briefcase because it’s time to take care of business!
Dogs can bridge the divide between humans like no other species. Stopping by someones desk to give their dog a quick head pat and belly rub means a bonding experience for everyone involved. A 2010 study by Central Michigan University showed that the presence of dogs in the office can increase trust among coworkers, which would logically lead to improved collaboration.
The coworker-coworker-dog relationship is not the only one which thrives. Many companies which “employ” their pets report that consumers relate more readily to their business and feel more comfortable making purchases. People want to buy from companies that they feel good about, and if they can see employees enjoying a fun and free atmosphere with their pets they can rest assured that their purchase is fueling that environment.
Relieve Stress & Improve Health
A 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University study showed an increase in job satisfaction when dogs were present in the office, and also showed a long-term decrease in stress levels by measuring salivary cortisol (levels of this chemical increase in saliva during times of stress).
Multiple studies by the CDC have shown that pets can decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels. Pets can also encourage exercise by giving employees a chance to stand up and go for a walk. Besides this, the simple act of petting a dog can increase levels of oxytocin, one of the reasons why therapy dogs have been used to treat depression and feelings of loneliness.
Balance Home & Work
“Out of sight, out of mind” does not apply to your dog, we can attest! Having your pet at work will relieve separation anxiety for both you and your dog. You won’t have to think about how worked up they may be getting without you, which will in turn calm your nerves. Never come home to an upturned wastebasket or destroyed couch cushion again.
The original intent of Bring Your Dog to Work Day was actually to allow non-pet-owning coworkers to experience pets and encourage them to adopt a pet of their own. While no one should feel pressured, the need to adopt and properly care for animals is a large one that needs attention.
A Note on Office Dogs
Proper precautions and preparations must be observed before dogs should be allowed in an office environment. There is also a certain etiquette that should be followed to ensure that both dogs and coworkers can feel comfortable and safe. A few of the big items are to dog-proof things like cords, make sure no one with allergies will be made to suffer, and figure out a game plan before your pet has to piddle. Do your research and make sure the experience is the best possible for everybody. Thanks for reading!