A recent study from the Virginia Commonwealth University found that employees who brought their dogs to work experienced lower stress levels throughout the work day, reported higher levels of job satisfaction, and had a more positive perception of their employer.
“There might be a benefit here,” Randolph Barker, business professor at VCU and lead author on the study, said. “It’s a low cost wellness benefit, and it could be a recruiting opportunity (for businesses).”
I’ve done interviews at several businesses that have “office dogs” – and they really do create a loving atmosphere, in my opinion. That being said, I’m pretty biased – I’ll admit it.
But I think nothing makes you feel more welcome than a cute, smiling face literally running to greet you.
I think the key is making sure your office is a good environment for a dog: one with access to an outdoor space for, um, facilities usage and enough room in the office for a dog to have some toys and a pet bed.
Do you have an “office dog?” Tell us about it in the comments!