Dog-a-tivity in a workspace; barking mad or brilliant?

Recent studies have shown that being around dogs - and animals in general - when in the work place significantly boosts productivity levels, makes people happy and improves motivation.

But why?s Dogs can play a very important role in the modern workplace for a number of reasons. They help workers to stay healthy and to practice good habits, such as taking breaks.

At a deeper level, they help to alleviate some of the stress associated with working life and they can make a real difference to autistic people, which has significant implications for employers looking to tap into the neurodiverse workforce. They also promote team bonding, laughter and a generally convivial atmosphere. All round, dogs can be a great competitive advantage when it comes to motivating and retaining talent.

Pets in the Workplace Benefit Work-Life Balance*

Companies such as Inverse-Square, a custom application development company, have been open to pets in the workplace due to their affect on work-life balance. Both employers and employees stated that it helps them pass long work hours happily, and the pets remind them to take necessary breaks.

Spending lengthy amounts of time too close to a project, problem, or other work can inhibit productivity and cause unnecessary stress. Pets remind people to pause and step back from whatever they are involved in.

Short walks, a little playtime, and temporary distractions allow mental breaks so as not to overwork and become stressed. Other companies, like Etsy, allow pets in the workplace to keep spirits high and add a little comic relief.

Laughter and positivity is just as contagious as negativity and stress, but come with benefits like great morale and better communication. Studies prove that pets have calming effects, reduce blood pressure, lower stress, and make employees more cordial and productive.* From the University Ff Southern California

Our conclusion? We need to start adopting more pets ;)