Today is Bring Your Dog to Work Day, an annual event launched in 2014. Each year, offices around the country open their doors to their canine companions, to raise money for dog welfare charities. Introducing an initiative where your employees can bring their dog to work for a day can help you to improve office relations and boost staff morale. Find out how below:
Many companies who take part in Bring Your Dog to Work Day benefit from improved general health levels around the office. Having a furry office companion can increase exercise levels, as employees can choose to walk their dogs during breaks to cut down on dog-walking costs.
Animals in the office also boast an improvement to mental health. Employees who work long hours with pets in the office were found to have a more positive attitude to stress and wellbeing. One company found that a brisk dog walk when under stress helped to clear the mind and remain focused on work.
Having a dog in the office helps to encourage conversation and increase ideas. Various studies have shown that dogs help to improve communication, patience and empathy. Caring for a dog can be frustrating at times, you have to guess their needs without speaking the same language.
This knowledge can help your team to bond, they can understand more about other people’s needs. Dogs also increase serotonin levels (the feel-good hormone), improving our mood and sense of security. This can lead to the much sought-after happier workplace!
Boost job satisfaction
Owning a dog is a huge commitment, and takes up a large chunk of time. It’s difficult to leave them at home all day, and paying for a dedicated dog walker can be expensive. Being able to walk your dog during your breaks can save you a lot of time and money.
Companies that have a bring your dog to work day policy show that they understand that their employees have responsibilities outside of the office. Your staff will be happier to come to work, and it could help to increase your staff retention rates.