Why Not Having an Office Dog is Barking Mad!
At Sklar headquarters, everyone’s favorite co-worker is an 110-pound mass of fur and energy known as Cooper, Randy’s Rhodesian ridgeback. Having him around the office is a great experience for us all, and we’re not the only workplace to go pro-pet. The Society of Human Resource Management reports that 7 percent of employers are letting pets come to work with their employees.
If allergies or the terms of your building’s lease aren’t factors, here a few reasons why your office should consider adopting a pet-friendly paw-licy:
Dogs are Great!
Do we need more reasons than that? Really? All right, then.
Less Stress in the Workplace
The International Journal of Workplace Health Management recently published a study, which found that office dogs actually act as a “stress buffer.” This makes sense, considering that pets are known to lower stress hormones and increase morale. A dog’s happy-go-lucky personality often brightens the mood of everyone nearby. When the day is particularly ruff, who doesn’t want a friendly, furry face to cheer them up?
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that taking a brief break once every hour helped people focus on a project and actually work faster, boosting overall productivity. While you might at first assume a dog would just be a distraction, many offices have found that their offices become more productive with dogs around. Someone needs to take the dog outside for a walk periodically or give him a belly rub every now and then. Just the presence of a dog encourages employees to take their much-needed breaks, so they return to their work re-energized.
Improved Communication and Employee Relationships
Some businesses encourage employee bonding by paying for events. Others have found getting a dog does the job faster. Randolph Barker, a professor of management at Virginia Commonwealth University, says dogs “increase co-worker cooperation and interaction.” Everyone comes around to greet a rambunctious mutt, and suddenly, the whole office has something to howl about.
Allowing well-behaved dogs into the office costs nothing and it’s been shown to dramatically improve company culture. While not every office will be able to open their door to dogs, if you have the choice, we bet you’ll find having an office dog quite fetching.