Owning a dog not only brings joy and unwavering companionship to our lives, it’s also a great decision as far as our health is concerned. It’s widely known that owning a dog helps support our health and well-being; they fill our hearts with love and help keep our hearts healthy!
Research shows that owning a dog helps reduce stress, boost our serotonin levels, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and it keeps us physically active.
The benefits of an office dog in the workplace
Having Fido at your feet while you work has numerous benefits to everyone involved; the dog owner, the workplace and the business as a whole, here’s how:
1. You will have happier employees
Dogs are great stress relievers. High-stress levels can negatively interfere with our performance at work and ability to concentrate, which can lead to decreased job satisfaction and productivity. Having your dog at work reduces stress levels for the owner and other employees; when people are calmer and more relaxed, they perform better, and let’s face it, it’s hard not to smile at the sight of a happy pooch!
Dogs are also a great conversation starter and a way to bring people together. This can greatly aid social interaction and positive relationships in the workplace which will increase job satisfaction.
2. Sick days are likely to decrease
The toll that stress takes on our bodies, if left unchecked, can have a significant impact on both our physical and mental health, which inevitably results in sick days. Given that both owning a dog and having your dog in the workplace helps alleviate stress and increase job satisfaction, a dog-friendly workplace will help promote and support the health and wellbeing of its employees and with that, reap the benefits financially.
3. You’ll see a boost in employee productivity
Having an office dog can also help boost productivity, as a healthier work-life balance is achieved and employees are calmer and more relaxed. As a result, the quality and output of work is increased. In addition, there is no longer any need to rush home to tend to your dog if they are right there with you, this makes working longer hours possible.
4. It will enhance your brand image and customer perception
Having a dog-friendly office sends out a positive message to clients, customers and future employees. This helps boost your public image as a workplace that is progressive and considerate.
Do the benefits of an office dog outweigh the downsides?
As you can see, it’s a win-win for everyone involved, including the dogs. This increased social interaction and time with their beloved owners makes for a calmer, happier and healthier dog too!
Of course, like with any great idea, there is likely to be at least some potential drawbacks. This depends entirely however on the workplace in question. Some environments may not be safe, other employees may suffer allergies and dogs, of course, can sometimes be noisy and require a lot of maintenance. However, it is possible to combat this and many workplaces can easily be transformed into a dog-friendly one. I think it’s safe to say, that these possible downsides are outweighed by the many advantages of having our favourite tail-waggers at work.