Are you are always bragging around the water cooler about how clever, adorable and entertaining your super dog is? Is your desk an open album of selfies with you and Fido at the beach or curling up on the couch? Do you feel a pang of guilt each morning when you have to do the usual distract and disappear manoeuvre when leaving home for work? Well, you’ll be pleased to know that there is light at the end of this week!
June 21 is international Take Your Dog to Work Day, a pooch friendly day that will see dog owners from around the world share their desk with their best friends, all to promote pet adoption.
While it’ll be a chance for your colleagues to meet your pooch ‘in the fur’ and see for themselves exactly what you’ve been bragging about, there’s ample research indicating the potential benefits of your dog joining you in the workplace.
According to a preliminary study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University last year, dogs in the workplace were found to lower stress and increase job satisfaction among workers.
Researchers compared stress levels and job satisfaction of employees who bring their dogs to work to those who don’t and employees without pets.
“Dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference,” said principal investigator Prof. Randolph T. Barker. “The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had higher job satisfaction than industry norms.”
The safety of your dog and colleagues are paramount and there are a few things you’ll need to tick off the list before Friday.
About your dog
About your workplace
What to do on the day
For more information about Take Your Dog to Work Day check out takeyourdog.com