The Economist reported on research from Central Michigan University that shows pets also create a more productive atmosphere for employees. And research by APPMA shows that pet friendly companies see less employee absenteeism as well as a willingness of workers to put in longer hours. It makes sense. If they don’t have to rush home to walk Fido, what’s the hurry?
Barby Abney works in a law office and brings her dog, Millie (Beagle/ Shepherd mix), to work with her every day. She says, “Millie is our unofficial greeter. She helps relax a great many of our clients.”
A few years ago, I interviewed Sounds True owner and founder Tami Simon on TYDTWDay®. She said, “Having dogs in the workplace humanizes the people. They stop to pet the dogs, and pause for beauty. And there is a warmth that comes from having the dogs with us. We are coming together as a community to actualize our lives and have more fulfilling day to day lives. Dogs add to that quality. When people feel part of a community, they are much more likely to enjoy their work.” Watch the video for more of her perspective on why her company is dog-friendly.
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