Sunday 22 September 2019

Why you should bring dogs to the office

Aoife Geary - Independent Jobs

Looking to make the office a brighter, more productive place? Well forget brightly coloured walls and ping pong tables, there’s another four legged perk that’s attracting growing numbers of talent. Dogs!

Dog friendly offices are growing in popularity as employees look for greater flexibility in their workplaces. Large coworking spaces such as WeWork have been embracing pups at work for quite some time and now smaller companies are following suit.

Here’s why pets make the pawfect (sorry, not sorry) addition to your team.

Pets foster conversation

Just because people work together doesn’t necessarily mean they have any mutual interests outside a shared workspace. Dogs can give employees common ground to build a more collaborative and communicative relationship. There’s no better ice breaker than having the chats about your furry friends. It leads to better interaction and conversation around the office – more bonding, less gossiping!

Dogs boost morale

A canine filled office is one where morale and productivity soar. How? Dogs help create a culture of acceptance and consideration in the workplace which leads to a real sense of goodwill among employees. As well as that, staff tend to work harder and be more loyal to a company that accommodates their needs. You’d be barking mad not to want dogs around!

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They’re great stress busters

People like to have their pets close by meaning this can actually be a consideration when people are looking for jobs. Dog friendly policies mean that employees can be more flexible around working hours as they’re not rushing home to feed their significant pupper. They can also avoid spending large amounts of money on pet sitters and last but not least dogs can be a comfort in times of stress.

According to reports by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, dogs can lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and even feelings of loneliness or isolation.

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Dogs can improve your employer brand

Is there any better content than dog content? Having dogs in the office earns you instant kudos (and jealousy) from the outside world, which can have a positive impact on your employer brand. Just think of the Instagram likes.

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