Stress in the workplace is inevitable, and sometimes the solutions require thinking outside of the box. One solution that’s closer to home is our four-legged companions! Studies show dogs can help lower stress levels and improve employee job satisfaction. Pets help to facilitate a comfortable work environment that helps to counterbalance on-the-job stressors. After all, when you think about how happy and contented dogs can be, it makes complete sense that having them around the workplace would be a mood booster!
Dogs boost office morale
Many people feel an instantly uplifted when they get to meet a friendly and excitable dog. That’s the kind of satisfaction borne from the unconditional adoration of a canine—and it can do wonders for office morale. Dealing with the pressure of a tight deadline? Take a deep breath, pat a dog, smile, and hop to it!
Dog-friendly workplaces promote productivity
What’s the natural consequence of a workplace full of happier, less stressed employees? Increased productivity, of course! You might think that an office full of cute dogs would be cause for distraction, but the benefits far outweigh the initial novelty. Taking short breaks helps rejuvenate employees so they can return to their work with a renewed energy and focus.
Office pups help improve communication
Poor communication in the workplace can be a huge hindrance to productivity. Particularly in segmented or unsociable offices where people tend to stick to themselves, office dogs encourage team building. Pets create an instant shared interest and can facilitate deeper conversations—which is great for improving communication.
Dogs encourage a healthier lifestyle in the office
Speaking of teamwork, raising an office dog or dogs takes a village—or in this case, a workplace. Dogs need to be taken outside regularly to do their business and to get exercise. In addition to fostering teamwork through shared responsibility, it encourages employees to get out in nature and be active—and more active employees make for more energized employees.
Dog-friendly offices improve employee retention
Offices which promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors have been linked to less stress-related health issues, and as a result, less absenteeism. Dog-friendly workplaces elevate job satisfaction, which then improves employee retention.
Dog-friendly workplaces appear more attractive to prospective employees
From a recruitment perspective, high employee satisfaction encourages top industry talent to apply to your company. Plus, the promise of office dogs? That’s one heck of an incentive in our eyes!
Office dogs get socialized, rather than being left home alone
In a dog-friendly environment, it’s not all about the people. Consider this—inviting dogs into the office is also great for the pups! Rather than staying cooped up at home alone, or at an expensive doggy daycare, office dogs are spoiled with attention and good company at work.