If your workplace has gone to the dogs, it may not necessarily be the worst thing. In fact, 7 out of your 10 closest work buddies think it’s a purrrfect idea. A recent study by Banfield Pet Hospital shows that pets are an incredibly positive influence on the work environment. Throughout the nation, household pets have proven to promote a positive mood, relieve stress and evoke a sense of calm. Now, what workplace wouldn’t benefit from a double dose of happy and a little unwinding?
Whether you’re currently on all fours in your pantsuit, or need a little more convincing, here are 5 reasons why your office should toss the Fichus and embrace the Frenchie A.S.A.P.:
1. They Increase Productivity
A 2012 study by Virginia Commonwealth University confirmed that pet owners across the globe agree that if they were able to cart their canine to cubicle, they would actually spend more time in the office. The participants disclosed that the thought of leaving their pet alone during their 8-hour workday was unsettling. They also admitted to spending time thinking of their pet during their workday, which led to a decrease in their mood. After multiple rounds of surveys, the University concluded that 67% of employees and 81% of HR decision makers experienced an increase in productivity when a dog was present in the office, while 75% of employees and 87% of HR decision makers were able to work longer hours.
2. They’re a Mega Morale Booster
Between countless day-to-day tasks and work related demands, it’s fair to say that everyone needs a pick me up now and then. I also believe it’s fair to say that when the corporate-famous 2 o’clock feeling comes around, a few minutes with a fun-loving pup or precious kitten would knock the socks off a 5 Hour Energy any day. All around, the mere tone of the workplace will gain an active and energetic essence when a pet is present.
3. They Unite Your Team
Whether your workplace has 3 employees or 3,000, interaction and communication between coworkers is a major key (*DJ Khaled voice*). The office is most definitely a place for work, but the happiness of your employees is essential to the success of your company. Seriously, no one wants a conference room full of Kanyes…except Kanye. But even he has admitted to having a (very, very small) soft spot for household pets, and if he can admit to feeling some affection, your workplace can to. In fact, 79% of employees and a whopping 95% of HR decision makers confirmed that their work relationships dramatically improved when office pets were present.
Seeing pets interact and play around the office draws entertainment and happiness, which provides a gateway for employees to take 5 and talk about it instead of sitting at their desk distracted by the fly on fax machine 11 feet to their left.
The emotional aspect and interaction of the office does not stop between cubicles, it also wanders down the hallway to Corporate. Banifield’s study found that 82% and 91% of employees & HR decision makers felt a greater loyalty to their bosses and company who allowed their pets to be brought into the workplace, which goes an incredibly long way. A member of your team that respects you as their leader, and also as an individual with their best interest in mind is a priceless feat in the professional world.
4. They Give Your Recruitment Process a Leg Up (…or Four)
In the working world, the importance of your company staying current and innovative is priority numero uno. This is best achieved in two ways: by hiring fresh, young professionals in the industry or securing top talent with experience in the research field. A Wakefield study revealed that the average millennial gets their first furry companion at 21 years old, which is also the average age of U.S. college graduates. This means that those fresh, young professionals your company needs to stay keen on industry news and topics are testing P. E. T. positive. A mere 8% of companies across the nation have adopted a pet-friendly environment. Offering the opportunity of a pet-friendly workplace automatically puts your company in the 92nd percentile of U.S. businesses and provides your company with a competitive advantage during the recruitment process.
5. They Relieve Stress #fact
Running. Ball. Of. Fluff. That is what 86% of employees and 92% of HR decision makers are claiming as their number one stress reliever in the workplace. Let’s face it: work induces stress. It’s your job, your life, how you spend the majority of your day, everyday. It’s human nature to want to succeed and to be successful, you have to work – hard – and the wild card factor is the potential stress of an employee’s personal life, which could possibly find its way into the workplace. So, in more ways than one, just picture a dog or cat as a giant, mega adorable stress ball. As a natural reducer for both stress and blood pressure, pets provide the perfect, healthy relief for a stress savvy staff.
Currently, the trend of pet-friendly companies is on the rise. Going to work & leaving behind your fur-coated BFF is an instant way to show up to work as a walking talking sad face emoji. A successful company is made by the dedication and happiness of its employees, so be a pawsitive influence – send your business to the doghouse!