Dogs at work make you better at your job
Sure, most of the time it’s about website design, SMM, SEM and SEO around here, but sometimes, it’s about dogs. In case you didn’t know, we have two, four-legged office mates who regularly help us with the tough cases like how frequently we should jump up from a dead sleep and speed run in circles or just how many times you can run a toy into a person’s leg before they’ll play with you. But seriously, dogs in the office are great and here’s why.
A study from the Virginia Commonwealth University found that employees who bring their dogs to work experience less stress and higher levels of job satisfaction. I mean it’s hard to be stressed when a furry little face is creepy-watching you eat your lunch.
Love Your Co-Worker
People love their dogs and love to talk about them. I can also attest to people without dogs loving to talk about them even more. Dogs in the office promote interactions between co-workers that may not happen otherwise. This builds strong, positive personal relationships between co-workers that can’t help but spill over into work projects.
We’ve all heard it, sitting is the new smoking. Experts vary in their guidelines for movement throughout the day. You’ll see everything from, you should stand for half the time you’re at work or you’ll die, to wiggle your fingers every hour and you should be ok. Regardless, most studies agree that sitting for prolonged periods of time puts you at risk for a ton of health issues from obesity to depression. Having a four-legged friend at the office means that you will need to get up to meet their bathroom, food and exercise needs. This means moving more than if you were at the office solo.
Taking a mental break can actually make you a stronger employee. Giving your noggin a short rest allows you to return to your work refreshed. Guess who gives the best brain breaks? Dogs! Taking some time to pet, talk to and play with these furry little nuggets of cute means a boosted attention span and improved performance.
It may come with being nudged with a chew toy repeatedly until you fall off your stability ball, but having dogs at work only makes everything better.