Thursday, August 27, 2015

Interesting correlations between pets and stress at work

Virgina Commonwealth's School of Medicine has performed a number of studies through the years, researching dogs in the workplace and the correlation to stress in employees. The results probably aren't all that surprising to dog lovers, but the numbers are still interesting.

In 2012, a study was made at a large manufacturing company. 76 employees were included, and having three dogs present amongst the seventy-six workers on any given day reduced stress levels with 11 percent!

A pet present in a workplace becomes a buffer against stress. Stressful events still take place, but employees react less to stress factors, and many vent to the pet - even if it's not theirs - in a way they would not confide to another human. Around two percent of dog owners around the USA take their dog to work.

On the other side of the coin, dog lovers know how difficult it is to leave their pet at home. Employees with their dog at home had an increase in stress of 71 percent on average. Dog lovers worry about their furry friends, and are eager to ensure the dog's needs are met.

Some larger workplaces take this into account, offering both onsite childcare and petcare for employees.

Do you have a pet in your workplace? Do employees take turns bringing them in?

~ Maria Sadowski ~

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