Why allowing dogs in the workplace is a good idea

Meet Luna, Eddie, Edie, Martha, Buster, Floyd, Max, Boris & Tilly. Our Strive office dogs, who any given day can be found pottering around Strive HQ. But why do we and major companies such as Nestle, Google and Amazon (up to 6,000 dogs per day in their Seattle HQ) adopt a dog friendly office policy?

We take a look at the benefits pooches can bring to your office.

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1) Reduce stress
How can you not feel better looking into a dogs cheerful eyes and seeing that wagging tail?!
According to a Banfield Pet Hospital study 88% think pets at work improve morale and 86% say they reduce stress.

2) Increased Productivity
A Virginia Commonwealth University study discovered bringing dogs into the office not only decreased stress levels but also found that having dogs present increased productivity by up to 25%.

3) Brings the team together
In our experiences an office dog has created a powerful bonding tool, creating a shared interest amongst employees and another point for new conversations and team interaction.

4) Encourages healthy living
Dogs encourage owners to take exercise and studies have shown that on average, dog owners walk 79% further than non-dog owners. Employees with their dogs at work are likely to get out of the office for physical exercise help with their state of mind and productivity for the rest of the day.

5) Pets won’t have to be left alone
It doesn’t just have to benefit your employees the dogs will thank you too! By allowing employees to bring their pet to the office it means that they don’t have to worry about leaving them at home all day long, or find someone to look after them.

6) Save Staff Money
If employees are allowed to bring their dogs to work, they will save money through not having to pay for a dog minder, day care or dog walker. A simple financial perk for your staff that costs you nothing.

7) Social Benefits
Dogs act as a social lubricant, increasing the ease and frequency of conversations between friends, colleagues and clients. We have found dogs in our office have created great conversations with new clients and a relaxed atmosphere when visiting our office for meetings.

8) Employment Perk
A Dogs At Work policy is often viewed by employees as a valuable employment perk, according to a Telegraph study 50% of employees believed dogs in the office would increase their happiness in the workplace.

9) Recruitment Tool
As we welcome the new generation of employees into the workplace, according to Forbes we also know that over 40% of millennials (in the U.K.) would like to work in dog-friendly workplaces.