Some of my dearest friends I met at work. So it was a natural fit when a couple of my employers opened the door to my best friend, my dog.
Eight percent of all U.S. pet owners are allowed to bring their pet to work according to a survey by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). The number of companies allowing pets in the workplace is on the rise.
“While this does not work for all companies, studies have shown that pets reduce stress which can ultimately increase productivity,” said APPA Executive Vice President & COO Andy Darmohraj. “We’ve had dogs, cats and fish at our office over the years and they have been a source of joy and a real morale booster.”
Researchers found support among the American workforce for pets on the job:
55 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace leads to a more creative environment
50 million believe having pets in workplace helps co-workers get along better
38 million believe having pets in workplace creates a more productive work environment
37 million believe having pets in workplace helps improve relationships between managers and staff
There is evidence employees with pets at work are healthier. Studies show the presence of friendly animals can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol and regularly interacting with animals can reduce anxiety and promote calmness.
Need more proof pets would benefit your business? Check out this persuasive pet infographic.