Beat Workplace Stress By Allowing Employees To Bring Their Dog To Work
40% of U.S. employees say that their job is very or extremely stressful, according to The American Institute of Stress. This is worrying for Clinton’s businesses as $300 billion is lost every year as a result, and employee health is impacted. However, there is an effective way for employers throughout Clinton to reduce their employees’ stress on the job, and it comes in the form of a four-legged friend.
Take Your Dog To Work Day
Friday, June 21 marks International Take Your Dog To Work Day. This year is the 21st anniversary of the event which has been increasingly adopted by businesses throughout America over the past two decades. While that annual event is a great way to get the nation’s pooches in offices, warehouses, and shop floors across the country, there are multiple businesses, including Bissell and Amazon, who let their employees take their dogs to work every day of the year. And this is because dogs can significantly reduce the stress experienced by a company’s workforce.
Multiple pieces of research support the theory that having Fido around can reduce employee stress. Researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University found that cortisol levels – the hormone responsible for stress – were lower in employees who took their dog to work with them than those who didn’t. One reason for this is because when you stroke a dog, the body releases oxytocin, which is responsible for happiness and positivity.
Improved relationships between colleagues
29% of employees say that they’ve shouted at an employee when they’ve felt stressed. However, should Clinton’s businesses adopt Take Your Dog To Work Day this June and even make pooches in the workplace a common phenomenon, their employees are more likely to get on better with each other. Purina, who lets employees take their dogs to work every day, says that 24% of companies who have adopted their Pets at Work scheme report improved relationships. This is most likely to be because dogs are an ice-breaker. Meanwhile, Marie-José Enders from the Open University adds that animal owners are typically perceived as being friendlier.
Factors Clinton’s businesses must consider
Of course, before organizations in Clinton allow dogs into the workplace, they need to consider the cons of doing so. Employees will need to regularly take their hounds out to go to the bathroom, so they must be prepared for this. Additionally, larger breeds of dogs will need to be walked multiple times per day. There’s also the risk that the dog will become noisy or destructive, so it’s essential that there is a safe place for the pooch to retreat to which is packed full of toys and dog-proof furniture. It’s also wise to carefully consider the age of the dogs being allowed into the workplace as a playful puppy is likely to be disruptive, have toileting accidents, and cause more stress for its owner than if he or she had been left at home.
Take Your Dog To Work Day is just around the corner, and with so many workers confessing to feeling highly stressed on the job, it’s recommended that Clinton’s employers allow their employees to bring their furry friend’s to work with them. Should this one day be a success, then organizations can get a hold of their workers’ stress once and for all by regularly inviting hounds onto their premises.