Imagine your dog or cat looking after you from the window after you leave for work: “Be careful out there, human“. You know they will be alone for hours and perhaps you feel a bit guilty. At lunch, you worry about your furry friend and have difficulties focusing on the tasks at hand. What if you could take them with you as an office pet?
Why have an office pet?
Fortunately, many companies are warming up to the idea of allowing animals in the workplace — and your workplace could be the next! Having an office pet can relax the employees and boost their motivation. In addition to that, pets make great conversation starters. Team bonding has never been easier! In the United States, people have been celebrating Take Your Dog to Work Day every June ever since 1996.
An interesting academic study found that employees who brought their dogs to work had less stress, more job satisfaction, and had a more positive perception of their employer. Indeed, allowing pets can be a recruiting opportunity for a business. It’s also a low cost wellness benefit. The study found that the most stressed out people were those dog owners who left their pets at home.
What if my office is not ready for an office pet?
Of course, not every workplace is ready for an office pet. Some people suffer from allergies or the office might be too small for a four-legged friend. Ill-behaving pets knocking over computers need to stay at home, at least until they learn to behave. Fortunately, there are other ways to boost your productivity. A study from 2015 found that just watching cat videos can improve your mood. Not as good as the real thing, but it’s something!
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