There are many benefits of taking one’s pet in to work. Not only will taking animals to work reduce the cost and hassle of owning a dog, allowing individuals to avoid the worry of having to get back home to look after their pooch, in turn ensuring that they are more productive, but simply having one’s pet in the office with them will help to boost morale, not just for the owners, but of the workforce as a whole.
Animals are proven to help reduce stress, and with stress being a major cause of employee absenteeism across the world, the financial savings that could be made for a business by allowing pets in the workplace could be huge, at the same time improving concentration and even employee relations.
Currently, 15 German MPs are fighting for the right to take their dogs to work, and it may soon be more common for animals to be in the workplace than at home if these MPS manage to win their fight – and both businesses and individuals are likely to benefit.
Studies have shown that those who take their animals to work are far less stressed than those who do not, and in fact those who have to leave dogs at home unattended are likely to be the most stressed of all employees. As such, not only might morale and productivity be increased, but those that own animals may suddenly find that they are more dedicated to their jobs and far less likely to take time off due to stress.
The right pet care is vital for both owner and pet, and taking one’s animal to work may be a great way to improve the mental and physical health of both animals and owners alike. Of course, the views and allergies of colleagues should always be taken into account if you want to ensure that you don’t go from one extreme to the other.