Does your business allow pets on the premises? Are you considering allowing employees to bring pets into the workplace? Would you have a pet mascot? Are you for or against the thought of pets at work?
This isn’t a new idea, many companies have been allowing employees to bring their pets to work in one form or another for years. Prior to this pet friendly office trend many businesses had either a shop dog or cat as a greeter for their customers.
The New York Times Daily News has a good article “Bring your dog to work to lower stress; Companies that allow pooches have happier workers” and The HR Daily Advisor has a good article on “Pros and Cons of Allowing Pets at Work”. You may like to read these perspectives if you’re undecided.
“It’s definitely good for the work atmosphere to have a dog in the office,” said Marie-José Enders, who studies the relationship between animals and humans at the Open University. “Not only does your cortisol level drop when you stroke a dog; you also produce more of the hormone oxytocin, which makes you feel more relaxed and happy.” There may be another bonus to having a pet in the workplace. “If your boss is giving you a hard time, a dog can make it easier to put certain situations into perspective. You can just take a bit of space and walk the dog,” said Enders. “An animal at work makes people more motivated — they like their work more and they experience less stress.”
Pets Work At Work – Social Support and Stress Reduction
Psychologically, pets convey the perception that someone is approachable and friendly, so having an office pet may also help improve colleague relations. The effect of pets increase socialization and communication, and in most cases can lift spirits even in the most stoic individuals. Pets are known to help break down barriers. Providing pets in the workplace can be considered as a low-cost wellness intervention and enhance overall satisfaction and perceptions of support. It is important to have your company’s policies in place to ensure only friendly, clean and well behaved pets are present.
If you’re still unsure about the idea of allowing pets on your property or this doesn’t represent the culture of your business but you see the benefits of reducing stress and increasing productivity, consider this
Nature Can Have Some Of The Same Effects On People.
Providing greenery to the office can add an organic character and improve air quality. Research suggest one plant per every 3 to 4 feet and is reported to generate a happier working environment.
Aquariums Create A Desirable Office Environment
You may not be able to incorporate a custom set up as elaborate as this office, but providing an aquarium or two for fish viewing could bring some nature into the working environment, and It is said that an aquarium helps reduce stress, and anxiety.
The Natural Calming Effects Of A Crackling Fire
A good hearth fire creates a warm, and inviting atmosphere. If your building codes or layout do not permit a real hearth fire, technology has given some very authentic looking alternatives to the real deal.
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