Published on April 2, 2012

Study reveals office dogs reduce stress

According to a recent study, dogs in the workplace help boost employee morale and reduce levels of stress. We always knew there was a reason why everyone loves having our canine companion, Lottie, in the office. Lottie will be pleased to know she’s helping the team, whilst she wanders around the office letting us all stroke her when she pulls her puppy dog eyes and whines for a treat.

The study conducted by US researchers, published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, investigated 75 members of staff and measured their levels of stress throughout the working day, overall job satisfaction and feelings about support from their employers. During the week trial, researchers observed employees who brought their dogs into work, those who had dogs but left them at home and those who did not have any pets.

Lottie and Rachel

The findings show that those employees who brought their dogs into work had reduced levels of stress, compared with the other participants who experienced significantly high levels of stress as the working day progressed. As Randolph Barker, lead study author and professor of management at the VCU School of Business, further reiterates, “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”. He also highlights positive comments from those who participated, such as “pets in the workplace can be a great bonus for employee morale”.

We’d certainly agree with this study, taking regular breaks to pet Lottie helps our team step away from their work and enjoy her company. In all honesty, StockdaleMartin wouldn’t be the same without her, she’s become part of the team here!

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