Multiple studies have examined the stress level of employees who bring dogs to work and many of those studies are summarized here. What the studies consistently demonstrate is that the stress level of staff members is reduced when canines are present. In some cases, people reported that not only were the dogs able to offer social support for workers, they did so in a nonjudgmental way making them a better support group than close friends or family members.
Bochy (left) is always happy to lend a hand, whether it’s helping with paperwork, or welcoming, and herding, guests through the building..
On top of reduced stress, research has found other benefits of having dogs in the work place including:
- Improved employee interactions
- Improved productivity
- Improved mental health
The Alberta SPCA Animal Team!
Of course, not every workplace is an ideal environment for dogs, and not everyone at a work place may wish to have interactions with dogs. Here at the Alberta SPCA, we have a Pet Policy, and a Pet Committee that reviews issues that arise. It is important to have the guidelines for bringing a pet to work clearly laid out so everyone understands what is acceptable and what is not. At our office, we have designated play times for the dogs, a defined area outside for biology breaks, and the kitchen is off limits to canine employees. Owners are responsible for keeping their pets under control and for cleaning up if they make a mess. And as you would expect, the dogs must have their vaccinations and licences up to date, and they cannot be disruptive or aggressive.
(Right) – The office dogs host a visitor named Casper until Casper’s owner could collect him.
(Above) – Bochy prepares for his podcast interview.