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Bringing Dogs to Work Makes Employees More Comfortable!

Bringing Dogs to Work Makes Employees More Comfortable!

(ePharmaNews) - Americans researchers have revealed that bringing a dog to the office may reduce the tension and work pressure experienced by employees, and raise the morale of the other staff as well.

The study was conducted at North Carolina in a company that allows the employees to bring their dogs to work, where the rate of dogs presence in the company was about 20 to 30 dogs a day, and during the period of experiments, which lasted for a week, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth collected samples from the saliva of the staff, as requested them to fill out a form containing many questions about the extent of the tension that they feel throughout the day.

The researchers did not notice any difference in the levels of "hormone of distress" in samples of saliva taken during the morning, but after a period of work the levels started to rise in those who did not bring their dogs to the company as well as among those who did not have pets at all. Moreover, the staff bringing dogs while working recorder a clear reduction in the levels of tension and stress, which also showed in the questionnaires distributed among them.

The team noted that stress significantly rose during the day when owners left their dogs at home compared to days they brought them to work.

"Dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference. The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had higher job satisfaction than industry norms." Said Professor Randolph Barker, the study lead author.

The researchers highlight within the study, published in Workplace Health Management Journal, that most of the employees' comments on the subject were very positive. Professor Parker emphasized that bringing pets to office may be the least expensive and easiest way to improve staff performance and morale, but he insisted on imposing strict criteria for such a thing which ensure that only clean and friendly dogs are allowed.

According to several previous research results, pressure, stress and tension experienced by staff may contribute to their level of activity and increase absenteeism. It seems that bringing dogs to work places will have benefits for both employees and employers, and even dogs!

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Prepared by: Mohammed Kanjo
Translated by: Marcell Shehwaro

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