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Dogs at Work

By Sue Shekut, Licensed Massage Therapist, ACSM Personal Trainer, Certified Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

Dogs have long been used as Guide Dogs and Service Dogs for people with vision impairment and other disabilities. Seniors also find that dogs and other animals known as Emotional Support Dogs can provide companionship, non-judgmental positive regard, affection, and a focus in life. Now, savvy employers are seeing the benefits of allowing employees to bring their dogs to work. In the article below from Corporate Wellness Advisor.com, Gayle Christopher, Ph.D., explains why.

Take Your Dog to Work?

December 11, 2009
Written by: Gayle Christopher, Ph.D.,

Looking for a no-cost employee pick-me up? Proponents say this perk increases worker cohesion, lowers stress, and that there are few downsides. Dog-friendly workplaces, where well-behaved pets are welcomed to join their owners in the daily grind, are found all over the country.

The majority of companies that allow dogs are small start-up companies that realize the need for a flexible work environment or large high tech firms that allow dogs in order to capture the interest of a prospective employee or to retain their current employees. One survey found that 20% of employers have pet-friendly policies.

Of course, not all pets are well-behaved enough to be welcomed into the work environment. Some are hyper, too vocal, or aggressive. Pets should have decent manners, be house-trained and well-groomed. Owners must responsibly evaluate their own ability to perform when Fido is present and their pet’s shortcomings in human and animal relations. Pet-friendly workplaces have found that most employees will police themselves because they understand that such policies are a privilege and not a right. But setting up rules and enforcement procedures are a must.

Facts from the American Humane Association

  • Staff morale and worker productivity are increased by bringing pets to work
  • Increased camaraderie among employees when pets are in the workplace
  • Happier employees result in enhanced job performance
  • Increase in sales reported by store owners who take their dogs to work
  • Dogs can serve as a crime deterrent

Read entire article from Corporate Wellness Advisor.com here

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