Two Golden Retriever dogs lay on parquet floor

A 30-second microbreak increases employees’ productivity by 13%. A 15-second break from staring at a computer screen every ten minutes reduces fatigue by 50%. Yet despite this, it’s often difficult to get employees to take their breaks. Whether it’s pressure to meet their deadlines or a hesitancy to break their rhythm, not taking those breaks can lead an employee to get burned out. Yet petting, hugging, or giving a treat to a happy dog can instantly calm and soothe a stressed or anxious employee and trick them into taking their breaks.

Bring Your Dog To Work Day

Whether it is one day a week or every day of the year, many of the fastest growing companies contribute their success to unconventional workplaces and happy staff. There are more than 1,000 dogs on any given day at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters. Almost half of the employees who bring their dogs into work are reportedly more productive. Call it a happy distraction. Having a furry friend at work can reduce stress, release endorphins, increase social activity, and recruit top talent. Most consumers view dog-friendly companies and dog-friendly atmospheres more positively. And as a result, such companies attract more talent. As stated in Google’s code of conduct, “Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture.”

Building A Canine Culture

Research reveals when a company promotes a positive work environment built less on traditional structure with more human-centric values they outperform their competitors. So not only do cortisol levels drop in the workplace when a dog is present, but there’s also an increase in productivity and innovation. This can be partly attributed to employees being healthier mentally and physically, through encouraging breaks and getting their blood moving taking the pooch for a walk. Their mind is more clear and refreshed when coming back to their tasks. It’s not only better for the human, it’s also better for the dog. Dogs are pack animals and frequently suffer separation anxiety when their owners are away. This can lead to destructive behavior at home from chewing things up to excessive howling. Bringing the dog to work solves all those problems at home.

It’s hard to argue with the benefits of contagious happiness.

Work cultures are adapting to a more connective and flexible model and deviating away from the traditional workplace. Whether it is an open-air undivided office or a company that has an on-premise masseuse, these models attract and generate top talent. Besides, what could be better than a dog dropping a squeaky chew toy at your feet and begging for a treat just as you’re digging your way out of your inbox. What more can you say other than, “Good boy.”


by Jennifer Dawson

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