More and more organizations are allowing their employees to bring dogs to work. Why the growing phenomena? Researchers are now adding to the trend by giving us scientific evidence that dogs are beneficial to the workplace.Here are 5 Benefits that dogs provide in the workplace:
Reduce Stress
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University concluded that employees who brought their dogs to work had decreased stress levels and a more positive work experience.istock_000006967243xsmall.jpgIncreased Productivity
– Virginia Commonwealth University researches also concluded that bringing a dog to work increases employe productivity level due to decreased stress.Reduced Absenteeism
– Stress is a major driver to absenteeism and reducing stress by having the dog in the workplace could lower stress and ultimately decrease absenteeism.

Increased Employee Interaction
– Another employee have the same dog breed as you? Or are they walking around with a brand new puppy? These types of scenarios allow employees who might not have interacted without the animal’s presence to have conversation.

Promotes Healthier Habits
– Having their dog at work forces the employee to take the dog for a walk and get fresh air.
– Rebecca Johnson, director of the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine says, even if it’s just a short walk during a 15-minute break: “The dogs need it, and the humans need it even more,” she said

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