Struggling to keep the productivity levels of your business up? Maybe you should consider getting an office dog!
Let's face it, dogs make people smile. They give positive energy, bring people together, and generally make people feel happy, and as you know, happy employees are more productive.
Thanks to charity campaigns such as ' Bring Your Dog to Work Day ', more and more employers are allowing their employees to bring their canine companions to work with them.
It may sound barking mad but bringing man's best friend into work can have real benefits for both employers and employees. Here are some such benefits to name a few.
Retain your pack
Employee turnover can be costly, and employers are often looking for ways to keep hold of their valued staff. When it comes to employee retention, a dog-friendly office could be a great perk to keep staff loyal to your business.
Attract top dogs
42% of millennials say they'd enjoy having a canine companion in the workplace. A pup friendly policy could really make you stand out from your competitors as a fun and progressive place to work, attracting all the top dogs.
Canines as connectors
There's nothing like a cute canine to break the ice and get people talking. Dogs can promote social interaction and cooperation within teams. In fact, 24% of companies who allow dogs in the workplace say that it improves relationships between employees.
Dogs reduce stress
A cheerful dog can be just the tonic during a 'ruff' day at the office. Dogs are naturally optimistic and never fail to put a smile on the face of even the most cynical of people.
The idea that dogs can help us to feel less anxious has even been backed up by a scientific study that concluded dogs can reduce blood pressure and reactivity to stress .
So forget plants, fruit bowls and meditation for employee wellbeing. A dog friendly office may just be what's needed to help employees feel more relaxed at work.
Dogs encourage exercise
We all know it's a good idea to squeeze some exercise into the working day, but how many of us actually manage this? Dogs need walking, so they leave us with little excuse not to get moving.
A brisk walk during the working day can have us returning to our desks reinvigorated and ready to tackle that big project.
Dogs don't like to be left on their own for long periods of time, but often our work schedules leave us with little choice but to leave Rover to entertain himself for eight hours of the day. Bringing your dog to work can reduce separation anxiety in your pooch while making you feel happier and relaxed at work. It's a win-win!
Why not give it a go?
On Friday 22nd June 2018 , businesses from across the UK will welcome their dog loving employees into the workplace along with their four-legged friends, will yours be one of them?