Reduce Stress In the Workplace Hire a Dog

Bringing your dog to work can reduce stress, but does it work ?

Many offices have an open-pet policy in which their employees can bring their dogs into work; others even let their pet become a company mascot,boosting morale and winning over clients.We are a nation of Dog Lovers after all aren't we ?

So Should dogs become a part of every workplace?

A study in the United States ( where else ) by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers revealed that workers who brought their dogs in to work had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than those who didn't bring them and at least 80 percent of their co workers who didn't bring dogs to work felt that the doggie presence didn't negatively influence productivity.

"We think dogs' presence in the workplace may reduce stress for their owners, increase job satisfaction even for those without pets, and it may increase perceptions of organizational support," management professor Randolph Barker quoted "It's a low-cost wellness intervention, or benefit, that's available readily to any organization."

Many large companies already allow dogs in the office. Google, for example, calls itself a "dog friendly company." In Fact Googles Dog Policy States - "Google's affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we're a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out." Amazon let employees bring their dogs into work, but they must be on a leash. Most organizations stipulate that office dogs must be vaccinated, housebroken and well-behaved to minimize distractions to others.

So what would help you reduce workplace stress, up till now we have only had stress balls and massage chairs so is an office dog the answer, what do you think ? Oh by the way this is our Office Dog.......



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