Office pets – the new stress relief?

If you’re a pet person, there’s probably nothing you’d like more than to take your four-legged companion to work with you. Last week, the Brand Recruitment team was lucky enough to experience this as we had our very own office pet for the week in the form of Dave the Pug.

It had been suggested that having a dog in the workplace can have many positive effects on the workforce. A study was carried out by a team of researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University who looked at a manufacturing company where people are allowed to bring their pets to work. The study suggests that bringing dogs into work can reduce stress and make the job more satisfying for other employees, and also encourage better relationships with co-workers too as having a pet around tended to increase communication between employees. Many previous studies have also linked the presence of pets with lower stress levels and better health.

By being able to experience having Dave the Pug as part of the team for the week, we can definitely agree that there are benefits of dogs in the workplace as we saw a boost in staff morale and happiness, as well as an excitement for being in the workplace by having the company of Dave.

But of course not everyone is a pet lover, so for those that are not fond of them or are allergic, they could actually be an additional source of stress. So Marketing Managers who are considering having a dog or any other pet in the workplace should take these pros and cons into consideration in order to create a stress-free work environment.

Brand Recruitment specialise in recruiting for Marketing jobs across the Eastern region.

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