There’s nothing that’ll bring up your mood from the Monday-blues more than being greeted by an adorable pet as you walk into the office. Pets make people happy, so why not bring them into the office? Happy workers are productive workers, and as a nation of pet-lovers, the grin and tail-wagging of a furry friend is likely to be a great addition to the office.

An office pet could be anything from an aquarium of colourful fish as an eye-catching design-piece, to a friendly fluffy labradoodle to keep you company at your desk. And it’s not just for the cute-factor; studies have seen employee stress levels drop and productivity levels rise in the presence of animals.

Terri Bodell, a consultant clinical psychotherapist and stress expert says, “Pets at work can help employees to relax, reduce heart rate and lower blood pressure, which can decrease absenteeism and improve staff morale.”

Inc reports on a 2012 study which assessed stress-levels of dog owners who brought their dog to work, dog owners who didn’t, and workers who didn’t own dogs. The researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University found that those who’d left their dogs at home had higher stress levels than those who had their furry companion by their side, after being asked four times a day about their stress levels.

As Bodell mentioned above, pets can boost staff morale, being a great talking-point and allowing employees to socialise in a way they wouldn’t without the office pet. Creating great working relationships between workers is essential for a well-run office – if everyone gets on, the atmosphere will be a happy and productive one.

He continues in adding, “Not only that, but employees that take a break to walk their dog seem to return to work in a more productive and positive frame of mind.”

Staying active at work, especially if you work at a desk all day, is difficult. Taking regular walks to the bathroom, kitchen area etc. is a great way to step away from your screen, but with a pet? – bound to be more enjoyable. Taking the animal outside for a walk is a great excuse to get out of the office on your break, keeping active and getting some fresh air and on return, you’re likely to have a refreshed mind.

Office pets, while being a great idea, do come along with other factors to consider. Firstly, the space available, the design of it and if it’s suitable for a pet to be in; is it big enough? Are there areas you can designate to a fish-tank, bed(s) or feeding station? And is there easy access to outdoor space? If the answer is no to some or all of those questions, the space may be unsafe and unpractical for a furry friend, and so the space may have to be adapted.

The one thing that can totally prevent having pets in the office is allergies – taking note and asking about allergies in the office before parading your poodle in the office is a good shout, just so no-one gets ill and is therefore deterred from completing their work well and productively.

So, if this post hasn’t made you request every day to be ‘Bring your Pet to Work Day’, I’ll assume you’re allergic. I’ll leave you with this suited-and-booted pooch.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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