The many benefits of pets in the workplace

Dogs improve health and well-being at home … and in the office …

Scientific studies have also confirmed the benefits of pets in the workplace. For example, a 2012 study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found employees who brought their dogs to work had reduced stress throughout the day compared to colleagues without pets.

 

“Studies have demonstrated that pets in the workplace contribute to stress reduction, as well as employee teamwork and satisfaction. Employees who can bring their pets to work are also more productive,” said Steven Feldman, executive director of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation in Washington, D.C. “Employees feel supported and have a better perception of their employers if they can bring their pets to work. They are also more likely to collaborate and work better in teams because pets help forge social connections.”

And just as important … dogs benefit too…

Humans aren’t the only ones benefitting from pet-friendly policies, either. In 2004, researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia found that humans who petted a dog for 15–30 minutes during a study experienced approximately a 10 percent drop in blood pressure, while the dogs’ blood pressure dropped as soon as the humans began petting them. A day at the office also provides more stimulation for a dog than a day spent home alone in a crate or the backyard.

Read more by Jen Reeder on Pets Matter … HERE

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