The Positive Effects of Pets in the Workplace

Many of us enjoy the company of our furry friends tremendously. They make us smile and keep us company. They’re often snuggly, soft, and for most of us, provide wonderful companionship and are even considered members of our family.  

So, what does this have to do with the workplace? Well, all of the above! As a recruiter or hiring manager, you’re no doubt busy, on-the-go, and working hard to improve your pitch, presentation and delivery. A large part of your success comes out of the quality of your working environment.  A positive, upbeat atmosphere fosters security, creativity, and sincerity. Who doesn’t want that?

Bernie, PhysEmp’s office pup, is ready to answer calls from our clients and physicians. But first a treat!

What better way to bring your team together and encourage a relaxed, productive work environment than with a cuddly, happy pet to cheer up the place? Whether you have an office cat, host a pet adoption event, or allow your employees to bring in their pets, there can be great advantage to having pets in the office. Here are three examples:

Boost Morale

Studies show that pets (most often of the canine and feline varieties) are terrific when it comes to upping morale, increasing feelings of well-being, and even lowering anxiety and tension.  

Bonding with an animal is an act of trust and a surefire way to deepen connections both with the pet itself and with fellow animal lovers. Co-workers who connect over shared interests outside of work – that is, of the cuddly kind – can very well see that comfort level spill over into their performance, cooperation and teamwork.

Increase Productivity

Bringing a pet into the office, even for just an afternoon, can immediately raise morale. Happiness in the work environment leads to employees feeling contented, which leads to employees staying on the job for longer durations.

There are clear correlations between employee satisfaction and productivity, which is probably why several companies (including mega-businesses such as Google) have adopted the idea of allowing their employees to bring pets to the workplace. Happy employees tend to be better workers.

Improve Health and Well-Being

Having a pet in the office encourages short breaks, which is a good thing! Studies show that people who walk away from their desk for a bit of time every 50 minutes or so are healthier, more vital, and better able to maintain their stamina throughout the day.  

Taking a dog for a quick walk around the building is an opportunity for a breath of fresh air, a stretch of your legs, and a resetting of your mind. Fresh perspectives are a positive asset to any working environment. A quick break away from the daily grind with a furry friend can be just the ticket.

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