18th June 2018
Bring Your Dog to Work Day this year is on 22nd June and is an annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs.
It has widely been discussed that having a dog at work can be hugely beneficial for employee productivity and company morale – and now more pooches are popping up in more and more workplaces across the UK. So, this month we’re chatting about the benefits of having a dog at work.
Unless they are too young to poop outside and deposit a whiffy, unwanted present now and again (but to be fair, even then) it’s impossible not to feel your mood lift when you find a furry friend suddenly at your feet or in the chair next to you at work. As we’ve discussed before, even just a look between a human and dog can release oxytocin levels (that’s the happy hormone) like those observed between a mother and their child. A 2012 study found that individuals who brought their dogs to work had decreased hormonal stress levels when compared with those who did not bring any pets to work. Those who did not bring pets to work showed steadily increasing levels of stress throughout the workday.
The love we feel for dogs has not only psychological but physical benefits for humans. Playing with a pooch can release “feel good” hormones like serotonin and oxytocin, as well as dopamine which has been shown to reduce stress, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Dog owners are also less likely to suffer from depression and elderly owners even visit the doctors less! Puppy love is real.
Whether it’s a little break from the spreadsheet you’ve been buried in by giving your work dog a pet or having a bit of a play fight – dogs momentarily distract us from the daily stresses of work, allowing us to return to what we were doing with a clear head and a fresh set of eyes. What’s more, dogs encourage team members to get out and about for some fresh air.
There has been lots of research into the negative effects of staying seated for too long – most of us spend more than 7 hours a day sitting or lying down, so regular breaks that involve stretching your legs, getting fresh air and giving your eyes a rest from your computer screen are very important. So, don’t let the dog owner in your office have all the fun! Take it in turns to pop outside with the pooches and reap the rewards. Try creating a dog walking rota for an equal share of workplace wellbeing.
We’re certain that we’re not the only ones to stop and say hello to a dog in the park or the street – and perhaps even give them a stroke – before telling a perfect stranger how cute their pooch is. In an age where we so often avoid eye contact on tubes and in lifts, dogs break down social barriers.
Having a dog in the workplace brings the team together and promotes a healthy environment for collaboration, communication and social interaction. It gives everyone something in common in the workplace – and usually an endless number of funny anecdotes to share over lunch.
Giving staff the option to bring their dogs to work will not only enable them to stay longer, rather than rushing home to tend to their pup but will also greatly improve job satisfaction.
Employees will also be glad for the confidence that bringing their dog to work will give their pooch. Dogs will benefit from improved social skills mingling with staff in the workplace, meaning that their mental development will be improved just as much as their physical exercise during the weekdays.
Dog-friendly companies are seen to be more forward-thinking and generally more approachable. Just the presence of a dog in the office or studio can make the people who work there appear friendlier! Let’s face it, team pages on company websites that include a company dog headshot are always more appealing. Plus, #BringYourDogToWorkDay trends at #1 on Twitter every year. So, get your company tweets in on June 22nd, 2018!
And more importantly, enter our social media competition to win a luxury dog hamper worth £39.99, filled with treats ideal for you and your pooch at work (or at home), plus a Dog Treat Jar from our Showhome Chic range and one of our brand new Fresh Rope Toys.
Simply tag us in a selfie of you and your dog on Twitter or Facebook to be in for a chance of winning – it’s as easy as that!