Each year in June, ‘Bring your Dog to Work’ day is celebrated. It started back in 1999, and has been going strong for 15 years now! The primary reason for bringing your pet to work is to increase the awareness of pet adoption, but it also brought about a lot of unanticipated benefits as well. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should take your dog to work:
#1 – Reduce Stress
Bringing your dog to work can actually help to reduce the stress in your workplace. Dogs can have a positive impact on your heart health, stress responses and your blood pressure. If your office brings on a lot of stress, it may be time to take your pup to work with you. Research has been shown that having a dog around can naturally reduce your stress.
#2 – Forced Breaks
By taking your dog to work with you, you are also forced to take breaks. Studies show that people that take breaks often will be less stressed at work, and they will also increase your overall productivity. If you feel like you don’t take many breaks at work because you are overwhelmed, having your dog there with you will make you get outside for some fresh air, so that you can get a much needed break. Just don’t let your daily work activities bog you down to where you forget that your pup needs to go out for a potty break!
#3 – Friendly Environment
If there is tension in the office, bringing your dog to work can help to clear the air a little bit. In workplaces that are pet friendly, you will notice a friendlier environment. Typically, if your dog is around, your mood will be lightened. This may cause you to be friendlier to coworkers or clients, which is a huge benefit. It can also help to make the workplace much more positive all the way around, drawing in attention of others and helping to relieve their tensions as well.
#4 – More Time Together
Sometimes, with the stress of life and everything that comes along with it, we may be just a bit too busy to spend some quality time with our pup. By taking your pet to work, you can spend more time with them, and keep them from being bored around the house. Bored pets usually make messes and wreak havoc, but it can be avoided by keeping them in tow with you when you go to work.
#5 – Reduced Absenteeism
While this may not be in a direct relation to bringing your dog to work, studies that were conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association back in 2008 show that there is a lower rate of absenteeism, and workers are usually more willing to work longer hours if they have their dog with them. This study was conducted with 50 small and large companies across the United States, and the results are pretty astonishing, so go ahead and talk to your boss about improving absenteeism by bringing your dog to work!
Now that you see the reasons why you should take your dog to work, you need to make sure that you prepare yourself for it. Start by talking to your boss to make sure that you are permitted to bring your pet to work. The good news is that there are more and more companies that are becoming pet friendly. This is because more companies are seeing the direct correlation between having dogs in the workplace, and increased productivity. This could work to your advantage. Don’t be afraid to ask just because no one else has. You never know, they may be more than willing to let your pet come to work with you from time to time.
If you follow these steps, you can rest assured that the day will be a success. Just remember, if you have complications with your pet, never leave them in a car unattended while you finish out the workday. Make arrangements to take them home so that they won’t be uncomfortable. Chances are your boss will understand.