For all of us dogs that hate being left behind when our humans go to work each day—great news is coming out of the Virginia Commonwealth University! Originally published in the March issue of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, a VCU scientific study—which compared employees who bring their dogs to work, employees who don’t bring their dogs to work, and employees without pets—showed that while all stress levels were even at the beginning of the day, when the dogs were present, their owners’ stress levels actually went down. Alternatively, stress levels rose for the other two groups throughout the workday, and for the dog owners when their dogs weren’t at work.
I can’t say I’m surprised…I mean, look at me! How could you possibly stay stressed when I’m under your desk looking so adorable?
Principal investigator Randolph T. Barker, Ph.D., who is the professor of management in the VCU School of Business, said:
“Although preliminary, this study provides the first quantitative study of the effects of employees’ pet dogs in the workplace setting on employee stress, job satisfaction, support and commitment. Dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference. The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had higher job satisfaction than industry norms.”
- How to determine if your dog is a good candidate for coming to the office
- What supplies you’ll want to set out in advance (don’t forget your dog’s favorite bedding and some toys, plus water and food bowls)
- How to safely manage your dog’s interactions with coworkers and their canine companions
- And more!