April is National Pet Month so we’re taking this opportunity to talk about the impact our furry friends can have on our working environment. If you work from home with your pets around or have a pet-friendly office, does the presence of pets actually help or hurt your productivity?
It’s almost impossible not to smile when a sweet puppy enters the room, but beyond this, there is actually evidence to suggest that having that puppy around can help you be more successful at work.
There is proof that having a dog in the office while you work can drastically reduce stress levels. An office pooch puts workers at ease and their presence in the office can stave off unwanted stress as the day progresses. The theory here is that the calm and loving nature of dogs can help put work-related stress into perspective. Additionally, for the owner of the dog there is less stress about leaving their loved pet alone all day.
Having dogs in the office can help to energise communication among employees – they tend to spark conversations between people who don’t typically speak to one another. While the conversations focus on the dogs themselves or life with/without pets, it fosters a more open and collaborative environment. This means that employers feel more socialised and happier, while also improving communication for better workflow throughout the office.
Interestingly, through reducing stress levels in the office the dogs will also impact productivity. Increased stress levels result in employee absenteeism and burnout. By reducing stress, employees are less likely to overwork themselves and therefore will be more productive each day.
And the humans aren’t the only ones happy about having pets at work, the benefits go both ways – the dogs themselves are seen to be much happier being in an office than home alone for most of the day! So celebrate National Pet Month by inviting pooches into the office this April.