“Work” is a word that brings with it the feelings of stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. But imagine if you could bring your best furry friend along to work with you! It comes as no surprise that when people hear about dog-friendly offices, they express their desire to work in a place like that. The benefits of working at a dog-friendly office are many. But first, you might ask, what exactly is a dog-friendly office? Well, it’s pretty much what it sounds like. It’s an office where you go to work a normal job. The main difference is that you can bring your dog to work with you. Depending on how dog-friendly the office is, there will be a play area for the dogs, bones, toys, and communal water dishes. Here are a few reasons why working in a dog-friendly office is all-around fantastic.
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LOWER STRESS LEVELS
Even if you love your job, there will always be times that work is just that – work. It can be stressful and exhausting, even if you enjoy what you do. Being able to bring your dog to work with you is like taking a test that is open book. It’s a cheat. Petting dogs is a wonderful stress reliever. Even if you don’t have a dog, by working in a dog-friendly office you have access to other people’s dogs. That means you can take advantage of as many of the fuzzy, mobile stress-relievers as you want.
By relieving stress during your workday, there’s an automatic increase in your productivity. It also just makes you feel better when you have dogs around. The companionship and moral support you receive when a dog lays down by your feet and chews on a bone or takes a snooze can increase your motivation. I know when I’m surrounded by dogs, I’m much happier than when I am not surrounded by dogs. That is to say that having dogs in the office increases everyone’s happiness, which in turn, increases your productivity.
Lastly, but maybe most importantly, having dogs in the office just makes work more fun. Knowing that you’ll be able to see dogs at work, whether one is your own or not, makes going to work less of a struggle. Having a dog-friendly office gets you up and moving more often as well. Whether you take your dog on a walk during your lunch break or you go fill up their water dish, having a dog around will help you increase activity.
Being able to work in a dog-friendly office is absolutely amazing, even if you don’t own a dog yourself. Do you or anyone you know work in a dog-friendly office? Would you want to? Let us know in the comments section!
Erika Newcomb is a full-time college student with a passion for pooches! She’s been training dogs for over 13 years and has been teaching agility classes for the last 3 years. As part of the behind-the-scenes support for @endeavorsofego, she can often be found brainstorming photo ideas and playing with Ego.