A scientific study finally confirmed something I have known for years – that dogs improve productivity and reduce stress in the work place. Now as a Veterinarian I am lucky to have all day to play with dogs, cats, guinea pigs, you name it.
For the rest of you suckers, maybe this article will persuade your boss:
‘Dogs at work can not only bring down stress levels among their owners, but they can also help make work more satisfying for other employees as well, according to the study in the latest issue of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management.
“The bottom line is that dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference,” said professor Randolph Barker of Virginia Commonwealth University’s business school, who led the five-member research team.
“They may in fact be a great buffer to the impact of stress” on productivity, absenteeism and employee morale, Barker told AFP in a telephone interview from Richmond, Virginia.
Previous studies have underscored the benefits of therapy dogs in hospitals and nursing homes.
But Barker said his team’s investigation was among the very first to focus specifically on dogs in the workplace and their potential as “a low-cost wellness intervention readily available to many organizations.”
The only quibble I have with this study: what about cats?