Researchers this week agreed with me, finding in a new study that having dogs in the office can reduce workplace stress levels and make one’s job feel more rewarding.
Interestingly, the study found that employees who had their dogs with them all day had lower stress levels by the afternoon than they had in the morning, while those who didn’t have dogs or left their pets at home were more stressed as the day went on. They also found that interaction between non-dog owners and the office dogs, such as short walks together, lowered stress levels in that group.
“Pet presence may serve as a low-cost wellness intervention readily available to many organizations, and may enhance organizational satisfaction and perceptions of support,” said principal investigator Randolph T. Barker, Ph.D., professor of management at the VCU School of Business. He cautioned that policies need to be put into place to keep everyone involved safe and happy before welcoming pets at work.