January 13, 2016 / Melissa Faudree

Today many businesses and organizations have become more flexible with their culture. The strict and rigid environment is becoming a thing of the past. We are seeing changes to the 9 to 5 workday, increased vacation time, more focus on health and wellness, and different types of work spaces. It is quite popular for businesses to invite our furry, four-legged friends into the office. Yup! I’m talking about our dogs. CEOs and business owners are learning the benefits of bringing our dogs to work. In fact, the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association conducted a survey that found eight percent of pet owners in the United States are allowed to bring their pet to work.

If more companies are allowing this, there have to be some benefits, right? Just what are some of the benefits of bringing your dogs to work?

Frequent Breaks for you AND your Dog

If you are a dog owner, you know that your pup needs your attention. They need to taken out for bathroom breaks and also get exercise. If you bring your dog to work, it forces you to take short and frequent breaks throughout your workday. You and your pooch can stretch your legs–which is good for both of you! By taking more breaks in your day, this actually allows you to become more productive. You come back to your projects and tasks feeling refreshed. Frequent breaks can give you a new perspective and boost your creativity.

Socialization

Dogs are great for breaking the ice. As a pet owner, I am often stopped by strangers that inquire about my dog. If I didn’t have my dog with me, the chances are very slim that they would consider stopping to ask me questions. The same could be true in the workplace. Dogs can create conversations amongst your coworkers. It can help create unity and more satisfaction within your team. You are connecting and socializing with others, which is something you may not get to do on a daily basis.

Stress Reliever

Many studies have shown that dogs can relieve stress. Whether you are playing or petting a dog, it can increase your levels of serotonin and dopamine. This is what helps you stay relaxed and calm. It will also reduce your blood pressure. When you aren’t stressed, you are healthier making you miss fewer days of work. So if you are stressed in the office, take a few minutes to play with a dog (or any other animal). Animals are therapeutic. Their sweet faces are bound to turn your mood around instantly!

Improve Work Ethic

If your dog is able to come to work with you, you could actually get more work accomplished. You might even stay a little longer on some days. I’m not saying you go from a 40-hour work week to a 90-hour week. You just work smarter. You are more efficient. Also, you don’t feel rushed to go home or need to pick them up at doggy daycare because they are already there with you. This extra push could get you that promotion you’ve been wanting!

At Simplexity Marketing Group…

I’m a huge animal lover and it kills me every morning when I leave for work that I can’t take my dog with me. I could take my dog to a professional for doggy daycare but that can get expensive quickly, especially if you decide to do daycare 5 days a week or more. Unfortunately our office building has a no animal policy, making us unable to take our dogs to work. It is a huge bummer!

In the mean time, our business allows us to work anywhere we have Internet. I have the flexibility to work from home. This is when I can enjoy the company of my furbaby. Perhaps one day Simplexity Marketing Group will have our own building so we can bring our best friends to work.

I asked some of my friends on social media to share their photos of their dogs hanging out at work.

Does your workplace allow dogs? Why or why not? Share with us in the comments below!

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