8 Reasons Why Every Day Should Be “Take Your Dog To Work Day”

National Take Your Dog To Work Day falls on the last Friday in June, but wouldn’t it be great if Fido could accompany you to work every day?

Dogs make everything better, including work. They help us relax but also improve morale. Not to mention, who isn’t inspired by their four-legged friend.

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Check out eight ways dogs improve the workplace and be sure to share with your boss.

8 Reasons To Bring Your Dog To Work

Reduces Stress

80% of American feel stressed at work, but there is a way to help.

Multiple studies have found that having a dog in the workplace can reduce stress. I don’t know about you, but just petting a dog helps me relax.

Improves Communication

There’s no better icebreaker than dogs. People cannot resist going over and petting a dog which sparks up conversation between co-workers.

Increases Performance

Employees don’t mind working longer hours when they have their best friend by their side. They worry less and are able to focus on the task at hand.

Improves Morale

Employee turnover is decreased when dogs are welcome at the office. Their presence alone makes people smile and scientists at Washington State University found that just 10 minutes petting a dog significantly lowered cortisol (stress hormone) levels.

Health Benefits

Aside from reducing stress, dogs make sure we get up and walk around from time to time. Fido’s potty breaks give us a much-needed mental break and a breath of fresh air.

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Enhances Creativity

It has been proven that dogs help us relax, which helps us tap into our creative side. Also, our furry companions are a source of inspiration and help get the creative juices flowing.

Attracts Top Talent

Great employee benefits attract the best talent in the industry. While some people are concerned with vacation time and retirement packages, others are attracted by dog-friendly offices.

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Dog-Friendly Office Hurdles

While it seems like a no-brainer for all offices to be dog-friendly, there are a couple things to keep in mind.

  • Not all people love dogs, shocking I know. Some are afraid of dogs, while others may be allergic.
  • Dogs that whine, snore, or are reactive towards other dogs can be a distraction.
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    Conclusion

    But as you can see, the pros outweigh the cons.

    Dogs make us happier, healthier, and more productive. What more could an employer ask for?

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    Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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