Office Dog

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For anyone who loves dogs, having the canine kind in the workplace seems like an obvious perk. Who doesn’t want to hang out with dogs all day? But beyond the basic joy of having furry friends in the office, studies show that having dogs are work is actually a benefit to all. 

Social Support– Let’s face it, it’s great to have your furry BFF sitting next to you all day. It’s comforting. “Dogs provide social support to employees as well as more opportunities for coworkers to interact in a positive setting,” according TIME, which cites several studies.

Stress Reduction– Taking a break from intense work to take a quick walk outside with your dog, or even just spending some quiet time petting or playing with your or someone else’s dog can provide tremendous stress relief. 

Comic Relief – Dogs are funny. And they have an uncanny way of being funny at just the right times. Every office needs a little laughter to break up tense meetings or high stress situations. 

Logistics and Productivity– If their dog is with them at work, employees don’t have to leave work to go home at lunch to let their dog out in the middle of the day or, rush home a the end of the day for the same reason. 

Social Time– If you’re walking through the office with your friendly dog, it’s likely you’ll encounter plenty of dog lovers you might not normally socialize with. It’s a great way to meet other people in different departments. 

Dog Time for Everyone– Even if you don’t have a pet yourself, you can still benefit from dogs in the work place. Consider keeping a jar of dog treats at your desk to encourage “drop in” visitors begging for a little afternoon snack. 

As people demand better work-life balance and companies must think out of the box regarding employee perks, offering a dog-friendly workplace is a great way to set your company apart from the competition and make it a fun and friendly place to go to work every day.