While there are many reasons for having a pet, not the least of which being that they offer significant health benefits to people – pets in the workplace can also create benefits for both employers and employees.
The pet population in the UK is an estimated 54 million, with dogs being the most popular pet, owned by 24 per cent of people.
In the past, pets in the workplace have been seen as an employee-only benefit, however factors that positively affect employees have a connection with improved office morale, absenteeism and a healthy work-life balance.
Pet care company, Purina believes that pets and people are better together and can create happier workplaces.
Since 2003, Purina has welcomed pets into their offices, and they have also carried out research with other companies who have experienced the benefits of bringing pets together in the workplace.
Some key finding include:
- 40% of people with pets at work say it enhances work-life balance
- 24% of people with pets at work say it improves relationships in the workplace
- 45% of people with pets at work say it creates a more relaxed environment
- 50% of employees with pets at work see it as a benefit
Having pets at work can also reduce stress, promote happiness and increase collaboration. Watch Purina’s video to find out more about the benefits of pets in the workplace.
A number of well-known companies such as Google, Ben & Jerry’s and Amazon already welcome dogs into their corporate headquarters and this may be something more organisations will allow in the future.
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