Today (Friday 23rd June 2017) marks national Bring Your Dog to Work Day. Obviously if you work as a bus driver or in a hospital that might not be particularly practical. But for a lot of office workers taking a dog into work can add to the positivity and productivity of your workplace.
Personally I’ve always loved dogs and would welcome them in any office, any day of the year. It’s also much better for the dog than being stuck at home by him or her self. However, I mostly work from home so it’s not so much of an issue anymore.
Today’s event, which is dedicated to raising funds for charities that work to make a difference to canine care including All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia, has been recognised nationwide since 2014 and is proving to be a major success.
According to the organisers, having animals in the workplace is becoming less taboo and is slowly being seen as common place. Active, one of the UK’s leading workplace specialist and fit out firms, explains the key benefits of having a policy that allows pets to have a home in our workspaces. See below.
You can also get involved in the conversation online with the hashtag #BringYourDogToWorkDay and see the dogs of the UK’s workforce in the office!
Exercise – by having a pet in the office, you’re more likely to go outside to either walk it, or just let it out every now and again. Incorporate the daily walk into the lunch hour and you’re getting a well needed break and stretch of the legs, which is crucial to those who sit at a desk all day.
Wellbeing – gain positive benefits for personal wellbeing, with the presence of a dog at work! Many scientific studies have shown that the presence of a pet can significantly reduce an individual’s stress levels and boost morale.
Productivity – studies have concluded that increased job satisfaction, collaboration and co-operation have improved since introducing pet-presence. There has been a clear increase in the amount of offices allowing pets over the past few years – which is undoubtedly a nod to all its advantages.
Light relief – pets often remind us not to take life too seriously. By having some furry friends in the office, we are given some comic relief, during tense moments and deadlines that appear to be the end of the world. This isn’t to say we shouldn’t take our work seriously – it’s just all about balance.