Pets in the Workplace Make People Happy


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Want happy employees who are productive and in it for the long haul? Then you might want to consider saying yes to pets in the work place.

If you are lucky enough to be reading this from your pet specialty shop, then maybe you already honor a pets-in-the-workplace policy—or at the very least, you and other employees benefit from the occasional snuggle from the pets that come in to the store with their owners. Those of you who work in a more typical office environment, however, might want to consider the following.

According to a survey conducted by Portland, Ore.-based Banfield Pet Hospital—the Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer—pet-permissive workplaces boost worker morale, contribute to talent retention and loyalty, and have an overall positive impact on employees and the work environment.  

The survey culled the opinions of 1,006 employees and 200 human-resource decision makers from a diverse sampling of U.S. companies and industries. Seventy percent of employee respondents and 77 percent of human resource respondents said having pets around at work has a positive impact. Well over half of the survey’s participants also said pets in the workplace reduce stress (employees: 85 percent; HR decision makers: 95 percent); improve on-the-job relationships (employees: 79 percent; HR decision makers: 95 percent); and help employees achieve greater work-life balance (employees: 85 percent; HR decision makers: 91 percent).

The survey results add weight to the growing body of evidence that pets are good for people’s minds and bodies. And employers should take note. Happier, more satisfied employees tend to be more productive and engaged. In fact, according to Banfield’s PAWrometer, 67 percent of employees surveyed and 81 percent of the HR respondents reported that pets increase productivity.

Keep all of this in mind a week from now, on Friday, June 24—it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day. Perhaps, even if a pets-allowed policy is not suitable all the time, maybe one day of the year is doable. 



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