Bringing your dog to work not only reduces stress levels, but may also make jobs more satisfying for other employees, according to a study published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management.
The study, which looked at 75 members of staff, was carried out by a team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. They compared staff that brought their own dog to work, with those who had a dog but left them at home and staff who didn’t own a dog at all.
They studied the employees’ stress levels, job satisfaction and their feelings about support from and commitment to the company over a week long period. Stress hormone levels were also measured by taking saliva samples from the staff during the day.
The research findings found that, during the course of the working day, stress levels appeared to decline for those employees whose dogs were present, whereas the stress levels increased for those who had no pets or didn’t have their pet at work with them.
Randolph Barker, lead study author said dogs can make a positive difference in the workplace.
“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.”
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