Do you have a pet in your office?
Although most offices don’t allow them, dogs apparently help to reduce work stress.
It’s reported that in the US, 15 to 20 per cent of companies allow dogs in the workplace.
In a high performance environment, a well-behaved dog can spread smiles and ease the pressure for many employees.
The companionship of a pet helps reduce blood pressure and lowers the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, while increasing endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain.
Research indicates that companies that allow pets in the workplace see a lower rate of employee absenteeism, and more loyalty from staff.
Instead of taking a cigarette break, workers can stroke their dog, practise a trick with their pet, or take them on a mini-walk. Canine company makes people feel better because dogs are optimistic and happy about even the smallest of things.