What are the benefits of bringing pets to work?
At Purina, we’ve noticed many benefits. For example, bringing a dog to work helps us get outside and take more walks, and bringing a cat gives us another excuse to play. Beyond that, employees find that bringing a pet to work helps them maintain a healthy work-life balance. On our end, Purina has found it is a nice perk for our staff, which helps with retention.
Studies have indicated that employees who bring pets to work show fewer signs of stress. That could be because pets help us relax and take time to meet new people.
Finally, we’ve noticed benefits for pets as well. They get to socialize with new people and play with other pets while enjoying more daily activity and more time with the owner they love.
HEALTHY BREAK TIME
Even just taking a few minutes to play with a pet can provide a mental break and reduce stress. Plus, taking a dog for a walk can help you get on your feet more often.
MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Pets make it easier to approach new people and get to know them better.
INSPIRATION AND RELAXATION
Having pets nearby can keep the mood relaxed and fun – making it easier to get your work done.
IMPROVED JOB SATISFACTION
Our employee surveys indicate that this programme is a benefit for employees, and Human Resources believes it helps with retention.
MORE CO-WORKER INTERACTION
Pets add another layer of interaction between co-workers, and otherwise quiet employees can become more engaged when talking to a co-worker about their pets.
HEALTHY WORK-LIFE BALANCE
Companies that encourage pets in the workplace show that they care about their employees and the balance between work-life and home-life.
“[Our dogs] get to meet new people every day and socialize with a larger pack, ultimately leading to happier and healthier dogs.”
– Staffer, Northwest Auto Salon
“Our dogs are so happy to see you EVERY TIME you walk into a room, even if it’s only been a minute. Everyone should experience that at work.”
– Staffer, R+M Branding
“We’ve had dogs in and out of our office for decades! When someone needs or wants to bring their four-legged furry friend in we love it. And so does everyone else, including or clients! We find people are less stressed when they have a playful distraction and have yet to see a reduction in productivity. We see dogs as part of our team’s family and are happy to have them as part of our day.”
– Karen, Taylor Group
“Having Ralph around the office puts work stress at ease.”
– Christina Yu, Red Urban