Work environments are demanding, and companies are now looking for new ways to relieve that stress on their employees.
Foster City, Calif. (PRWEB) May 16, 2012
MBAprograms.org, an online educational resource for students looking to complete their MBA, recently published an infographic examining the way dogs may impact workplace environments. “It’s a dog’s life: Can a pooch increase job satisfaction?” reveals that 75 million Americans believe having four-legged friends at work make people happier.
Virginia Commonwealth University studied 75 dog owners in North Carolina to see if having their pooch at the office affected stress. During the course of the day, stress levels increased as much as 70 percent in owners who left their dogs at home. Conversely, for those who brought their dogs to work, levels fell a reported 11 percent.
“It’s no surprise that having your companion by your side would make you more content,” said Aaron Tooley, spokesperson for MBAPrograms.org. “Work environments are demanding, and companies are now looking for new ways to relieve that stress on their employees.”
Bringing dogs into the office may offer a new solution to work-related stress and tension. In fact, companies such as Google, Ben and Jerry’s and Amazon have adopted pet-friendly policies.
While pets at work may combat stress, a Central Michigan University survey revealed mixed results when it came to productivity. In general, participants stated that dogs built trust and facilitated collaboration between co-workers, although nearly 80 percent said their canines either hurt or had zero effect on overall productivity.
"It's interesting to see that employees report that dogs reduce stress, but many also report that they decrease productivity," Tooley said. "It's important that companies find a way for dogs to diminish stress without sacrificing efficiency."
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