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Are you fur-real? Now's the time to get an office dog!

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by Mariel Rubinstein
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Puppy rooms are popping up in universities all around the country helping to destress our students, so why aren’t we doing the same in our offices? After all, you’re never too old for some puppy love.

And let’s face it, without a resident doggy, the puggle is real.

 

1. They’re lab-radorable

It’s hard to deny that dogs are pretty cute.

They’ve somehow got the power to turn even the grumpiest of people into the biggest softie and studies have found that people become more trusting and relaxed after interacting with a canine.

46% of workers would work better with their favourite animal around, so letting a bundle of fluff run around the office ultimately boosts employee productivity.

 

2. Stress no more

Last year, stress-related illnesses accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health. This was a massive 11.7 million days altogether.

But luckily, dogs can give you a helping hand in reducing your employee's stress levels. According to research, playing with a dog reduces stress by up to a third.

This is because animals have an impact on the primary stress response system.

Keep this in check and you’ll be well on your way to being much happier. 

3. It’ll make your employees whole lives easier

According to research by Reed.co.uk, published exclusively by HR magazine, a quarter of employees are willing to take a lower paid job if it means they can take their pet to work.

Pets can take up a big part of your employee's lives and so by giving them an extra hand with this kind of thing, it can really make a difference.

It’ll save them the money and stress of arranging doggy daycare and this can significantly improve their day-to-day lives.

One UK Beer company, BrewDog, even offers a week’s paid ‘pawternity’ leave when they welcome a new puppy into their lives.

BrewDog’s co-founder, James Watt said, “It’s not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life... so we wanted to take the stress out of the situation and let our teams take the time they need to welcome their new puppy into their family”.

 

If you don’t already have a dog policy in your office, don’t terrier self up about it...

But it’s time to let the dogs out. Make your office the happy one you want it to be.

 

Posted: 05/07/2017 

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