Bringing your dog to work has many benefits, including reduced stress, higher productivity and a better company image. Editor Suzie looks at other great reasons…
I’m a dog lover, one of those weird people that smile at dogs as they walk past but barely notice their owners. I’ve grown up in a dog owning family and had my own dogs as an adult.
My own hairdresser brings her two dogs to her salon, always has. It something I love about going there.
Every year businesses are encouraged to open their doors for one special day and allow staff to take part in Bring Your Dog to Work Day. This year it’s Friday, June 21st.
Established in 2014 Bring Your Dog to Work Day is an annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs.
The event trends in first place each year as thousands of people upload photos of their dogs keeping them company at work.
As well as raising funds for a great cause, Bring Your Dog to Work Day has positive benefits for employee productivity and wellbeing, including:
- Pets relieve stress – people who bring their dogs to work have lower stress levels
- Pets promote positive social interactions – get co-workers talking in a friendly way
- Pets at work save employees money – no need for doggy day care
- Pets increase employee performance – employees tend to work longer hours and don’t need to rush off early to get home to their dog
- Pets improve your company image
Some organisations actively promote bringing your four legged friend to work – Amazon being one of them. At their headquarters in Seattle, there are more than 1,000 dogs taken to the workplace.
Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace.
Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in employees that spend the workday with their pets.
Mark Smith, from Henbury said: “Booboo comes to work with me every single day. To be fair she spends most of the day asleep in the office, but if a member of staff feels they need a quick break, they take her out for a walk around the business park. It’s great for Booboo and for the staff.”
Laura Campbell from Stoke Gifford, said: “I work from home so I’m lucky in that I get to bring my dog to work every day. It’s great to have some company and a reason to get up and stretch my legs throughout the day.”
If you can’t bring your dog to work you can still get involved. You can make an online donation, spread the word on social media or why not encourage your boss/business to make a donation.
You can find more information on how to do that on the official Bring Your Dog to Work Day website.
We’d love to see your dog at work with you… why not visit our Facebook page and share your photos with us.