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Benefits of Taking Your Dog to Work May Not Be Far-Fetched

Science & Tech  (tags: goodnews, dogs, workplace, stress, reducer, study, Health Management )

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Stress is a major contributor to employee absenteeism, morale and burnout and results in significant loss of productivity and resources. But a preliminary study, published in the March issue of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management....


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Barb K (1678)
Monday April 2, 2012, 10:00 am
Thnx for sending this to me Patrizia!

Patrizia S (315)
Monday April 2, 2012, 10:30 am
YW.Barb There is no doubt Animals are good for you!! :)

Catherine Turley (192)
Monday April 2, 2012, 10:45 am
depends on what kind of dog you have. mine was such a spaz, i doubt i would've been able to work at all. i do like the idea of these cat/dog cafes where you go after work to unwind.

Carol H (229)
Monday April 2, 2012, 12:47 pm
animals are awesome!! thank you Barb!!

L A (4)
Monday April 2, 2012, 1:49 pm
This seems a fairly comprehensive preliminary study and I think it is a great idea, being a dog lover. However I wonder if it would reduce stress in collagues in the office who were not such a fan of dogs? It also would majorly depend on the dog too, if I took my dog to work it would cause me more stress!!

Patricia E G (52)
Monday April 2, 2012, 2:28 pm
We all Love our Dogs !!!
The VCU study is refreshing at best. Man's best friend is a welcomed
sight where every he/she goes.
Unfortunetly Animal Shelters in the southern part of the country have not
been as kind to newcomers, strays and adoptees as we would all like.
Thank you Sunshine Lady :)

Barb K (1678)
Monday April 2, 2012, 3:07 pm
I wonder why this was wriiten in Science magazine. Any ideas?

Past Member (0)
Monday April 2, 2012, 4:12 pm
I definitely agree with this! Although my work place is definitely not a good place to have pets. At a water testing lab, especially the microbiology department...that place has to be kept sterile at all times! No pets allowed here. :( Thanks for the post, Barb!

Eternal G (734)
Monday April 2, 2012, 5:38 pm
Ha definitely not far-fetched, for contact with animals has the propensity to make one more humane! Like my favourite cartoonist Franquin depicted; a military dictator would pose less of a threat with a cat on his lap!

Carmen S (611)
Monday April 2, 2012, 6:06 pm
thanks Barb, sure most pet owners would be happier if they could have their pets with them at work

Maryann Cortright (16)
Monday April 2, 2012, 6:42 pm
It is definitely true that animals decrease stress and help with depression/pain. I have all of those. I live with chronic regional pain syndrome and in turn severe depression. I have 2 Boxers, Scarlett and Beatrice (mother and daughter Boxers) and our kitty Izabelle.When I brush them, play with them or walk the dogs, my stress and pain is so much better. I LOVE my critters. noted and signed.

Alice C (1797)
Monday April 2, 2012, 10:30 pm

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 2:29 am
Noted, thanks.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 3:33 am

janet f (29)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 2:35 pm
I'll bet turnover is low too.

Nadine H (1)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 2:41 pm
well noted

Julia R (297)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 4:59 pm
Great article! It definitely shows that pets whether it be in a nursing home, work setting, schools in helping children to improve their reading skills (as dogs are being used in many schools for this purpose) or private homes definitely have a positive effect on people reducing stress, improving health and improving our mental health and well being!

Christopher Fowler (82)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 5:19 pm
I have noticed that all of the places that I have been that had a "shop dog" had much friendlier and helpful employees AND the customers like coming there more than other identical businesses, on average, so it is better for business, too.

Glamour Girlcat (32)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 5:23 pm
My favorite part of the Replacements Ltd. newsletter is the "Featured Pet" column. They seem like a company w/heart.

Thank you for posting, BarbCat.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 5:31 pm
No surprise to me!

Samantha Richardson (5)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 8:39 pm
Considering dogs are generally best friends with their owners, I'm not surprised that it helps out employees in the workplace. If you could talk to your dog about your problems rather than bitchy co-workers, I reckon ANYONE would be a lot happier!

KS Goh (0)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 5:42 am
Thanks for the article.

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 5:47 am
thanks for sharing

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 6:46 am
A lot of animals give you peace.

Lindsay K (6)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:26 am
Just imagine if everyone in a large office brought a large dog to work!! I think that there are real issues over workplace stress, and having plants or aquariums might help reduce stress. So might taking appropriate breaks now and then, and doing some exercises regularly whilst at the computer ( looking away from the screen and focussing on something else; stretching arms, rolling ankles etc.)

Judy A (0)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 12:18 pm
See animals are wonderful all around.

Katie R (38)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 10:49 am
I love this. It's so true and applies to cats too! We have times where we have had cats or kittens around our office (stray/abandoned on the property), and it works wonders for the staff when we get to pet and care for them :). It should be the norm, not the exception.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 11:49 pm
I step around 4 great mastiffs, as the owner tours our Military Commanders ,through the shop, and I am flying with production and have to babysit them during the tour and answer questions and take orders!!..and I kiss those silly dogs, every day!!..all day long!@!..cats are great in a shop as well!!, plants ..PLEASE RESCUE!!!

colleen p (38)
Friday April 6, 2012, 10:01 am
unless your dog is not behaved. with no recall, barking at strangers, dumpster diving.

scent marking.

or is it normal doggie behavior to poop in a new place. the first thing they do, take a dump on someone's carpet/floor?

Suzanne L (89)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 10:19 pm
Noted and thanks Barb. I completely agree that dogs brought to work can perk up morale and contribute to better interactions between employees because they promote relaxation and good feelings. There is a company in the US (can't remember the name) that took in some stray cats and made a very lovely, large home for them on the worksite which also is a staff lounge for those who enjoy cats. The cats are tended by staff on a voluntary basis and well-cared for. Contact with animals improves our lives.
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