Having furry friends at work could be the key to reducing employee stress, better recruitment, lower turnover, healthier employees and better internal communication.
For its inaugural “Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer” (or Pets At Work barometer)
, Banfield Pet Hospital surveyed 1,006 employees and 200 human resources decision makers from U.S. companies to measure their perception of pets in the office. Those surveyed who work in pet-friendly workplaces, perceive their company’s policy as positive in every aspect addressed by the study. 67% of employees and 81% of human resources decision makers agreed that it led to increased productivity; 82% and 91% believe it makes people more loyal to the company; and 86% and 92% say it decreases employees’ stress levels.
The study was conducted at a dinnerware company in North Carolina, which sees 20 to 30 dogs a day on its premises. As the workday went on, research found average stress level scores fell about 11% among workers who had brought their dogs to work, while they increased 70% for those who did not. The study also found that pets triggered workplace interactions that would not normally take place.
As stated by Beauty Editor Gabrielle Korn of Refinery29 in an article by Fast Company, "Having a tiny fluffy puppy baby in my lap makes me feel like I can handle anything that gets thrown at me during the day." Pets are a conversation starter, bringing coworkers together who might not interact otherwise. "Having a dog in the office helps everyone decompress a bit and feel generally less stressed," says Beauty Director Megan McIntyre of Refinery 29. "I mean, it's hard to feel agitated when you have that furry face staring so sweetly at you!"
"There are probably three dozen people I know only because of my dog," Drew Herdener, Amazon’s senior public relations manager, told The Bark. "Dulce is more social than I am, so she’s a nice ice-breaker."