Posted on May 16, 2022 in General
HR is always looking for ways to create a great workplace, including allowing employees to bring their furry friends to work. Human resource managers from many organizations have realized the immense benefits of a dog-friendly office. It’s a morale booster, and here’s how:
Long hours, demanding clients, and other work pressures can take a toll on your team. Canine companions offer social support, which reduces anxiety. Dogs effortlessly bring humor and pick up your workers’ moods, particularly during those hard days. When your staff is happier, they’re more driven to work and better at coping with work strain.
Encourages Office Bonding
Pets in the office serve as great icebreakers because pooch owners will have a reason to initiate a conversation. For instance, someone stopping by a colleague’s desk to stroke their pup is one of the easiest ways to start a conversion. Whether it’s sharing dog walking tips or talking about the best pet insurance, your employees can find a common interest to bond over when their dogs are around. Regular chats improve communication and enable deeper conversations that promote teamwork.
Leads to a Healthier Lifestyle
Furry sidekicks need to be taken outside often for their potty breaks and because it’s important for their health. Keeping pets active requires the owners to be active too. This provides the perfect opportunity for employees to fit in a brisk walk or a fun game of fetch during their lunch breaks. Being active lets your team clear their headspace. It further improves their mood and physical health. Plus, it makes staff feel more energized, aiding them in maintaining peak efficiency at work with less risk of burnout.
Improves Work Commitment
Allowing employees to come with their canine best friends can maximize the time they spend at work. Staff won’t have to constantly worry about the well-being of the fur babies they’ve left alone or rush home to care for them. And because many people consider pets as family, having dogs in the office fosters a healthy work-life balance, resulting in satisfied, loyal employees.
Lowers Stress Levels
Work can be stressful. From preparing an important presentation to trying to beat a tight deadline, there are plenty of high-pressure situations at work that can leave your team feeling overwhelmed and on edge. Fortunately, the comfortable environment dogs create minimizes workplace tensions.
Bringing pets to work can provide a much-needed breather. By taking a few minutes to pet their four-legged friend, a person releases oxytocin and endorphins, the hormones that make them feel more at ease. Those wagging tails in the office will go a long way in alleviating stress levels and giving your staff morale a boost.
Increases Job Satisfaction
For dog lovers, nothing beats the feeling of going home to see their furry friends after a long day. Now picture giving your workers the freedom to bring their pups to the office. Coming from a serious meeting or working in front of the computer, there are their favorite pets, excited to see them. Dogs give unconditional love and have a pleasant temperament, which cheers up employees and helps improve job satisfaction.
Boost Workplace Morale and Enhance Productivity
Implementing something like having dogs in the office can be a huge plus for your organization. With pets right next to their owners, your staff will stay energetic, happy, and focused, avoiding low productivity and the notorious midday slump. Ultimately, happy workers are more productive.
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