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Are Workplace Pets a Good Idea?
Friday August 5th 2016
No matter where you work, the office can be stressful. High pressure often means that colleagues get snappy with each other, and worker morale goes down the drain. How to remedy this? Get a workplace pet! From reduced stress and anxiety to through-the-roof productivity, we take a look at the benefits of having a furry friend in the office.
Who’s doing it?
Big companies like Nestle, Google and Ben and Jerry’s all allow pets in the workplace, especially dogs. In fact, research by Reed.co.uk found that 8% of UK employees are allowed to bring their dogs to work. In addition, an increasing number of companies, including the Bio Agency and Pets at Home, have official office pets ranging from dogs and cats to turtles and snakes.
So, what are the benefits for you?
Pets encourage employees to be more sociable
People who walk their dogs around their local area are almost always stopped by people who want to stroke their pet. The social support that a pet provides means that your office animal is likely to get you and your co-workers talking – and not just over email…
They relax you when you’re feeling stressed
Pets have been found to lower heart rate and blood pressure, and there’s also evidence to suggest that they help anxiety and even depression because of the serotonin released when we play with them. Pets in the office to play with and lower stress levels? Yes please!
They promote cohesion and trust among team workers
A study by the Central Michigan University in America found that having a dog at work promoted a more trustworthy workplace environment, as well as encouraging more unity with colleagues. Your weekly team meetings could definitely benefit from having a pooch in the office, and pets are found to increase cooperation in work groups too.
Improved morale for workers
Having a pet in the office immediately makes for a friendlier environment, and having a more relaxed workplace can lead to employees feeling happier. Improving your employees’ morale means that they will think better of your company – which can lead, in turn, to more loyalty.
You’ll be more productive
A survey by the Bio Agency found that 55% of people admitted that they would feel more motivated with a pet in the office. This, along with all the benefits listed above - like reduced stress and increased cooperation - means that the entire workplace would surge in productivity.
What about the pets?
Have you ever felt bad watching your dog or cat pine for you at the window as you get into your car to drive to work? We know animals like company as much as we do, and your furry friend in the workplace will love the extra attention they get from colleagues.
Companies who have adopted stray animals or animals in need are also helping those pets by providing them with food, shelter and care that they might not get elsewhere.
And if you decide to bring your own pet into work, they’ll benefit from all the walks and extra playtime they’ll get from your colleagues. A happy pet is a happy owner – and it reduces the pressure on you to play with your pet pal when you get home.
This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.