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Pets at work: there are benefits!

June 16, 2008

My cat Shmi helps me workAnimals are great – I love my cat Shmi and he makes working at my desk a joy. He comes and sits on my lap while I am typing and loves the printer.

It turns out there are actually benefits to having pets in the workplace.

An American Pet Products Manufacturers Association survey of businesses allowing pets in the workplace confirmed the benefits http://www.sfspca.org/advocacy/pets_at_work.shtml:

·         73% of the companies surveyed said pets create a more productive work environment.

·         27% reported a decrease in employee absenteeism.

·         73% indicated pets led to a more productive work environment.

·         96 % said pets created positive work relations.

·         58% of employees stayed late with pets in the office.

This site also outlines “petiquette” (for dogs) including:

·         Make sure your dog is socialized to people and other dogs before he goes to work.

·         Make sure your personal workspace can comfortably accommodate your dog.

·         Avoid squeaky toys and collars that jangle.

·         Keep your dog clean and well-groomed.

If you can’t take your pet to work, they can lower your stress levels at home by:

·         Pets improve your mood and make you smile

·         Pet owners have lower blood pressure

·         Dogs encourage you to exercise

·         Watching fish swim can be a form of meditation and help you sleep

·         Having a pet gives you something to talk about with like-minded people so can help build social networks

·         Pets are great listeners and some are very empathetic. Crying will usually elicit a lot of sympathy from your pet.

 http://stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/petsandstress.htm
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