Being the Chief Snuggle Officer of a growing telco, isn’t always an easy job, but it sure is rewarding!
As the most popular team member at Beanfield, our CSO, Beans, usually has a jampacked day ahead of him. Between greeting everyone with a wagging tail, long walks around Liberty Village and never-ending belly rubs, it can be a very exhausting and demanding role. Thankfully there are great perks to being CSO such as a “nap whenever and wherever you feel like” policy and an endless supply of office treats.
Sometimes Beans will even host visitors for the day, as Beanfield encourages our staff to bring in their beloved pups through our Take Your Dog to Work Day program. Studies have shown that having pets in the workplace can be very beneficial to employees and the business alike.
1. Office dogs help reduce employee stress
Stress in the workplace is inevitable, but studies show dogs can help lower stress levels and improve employee job satisfaction. After all, pets tend to create a comfortable work environment that helps to counterbalance any on-the-job tension. When you think about how adorable dogs can be, it makes complete sense that having them around the workplace would be a mood booster.
2. Dogs boost office morale
Don’t you just love that feeling you get when a dog greets you excitedly? That kind of satisfaction can only come from the unconditional adoration of a canine—and it can do wonders for office morale. Dealing with the pressure of a tight deadline? Take a deep breath, pat a dog, smile, and hop to it!
3. Dog-friendly workplaces promote productivity
So, what happens to a workplace of happier, less stressed employees? They become more productive, of course! You might think that an office full of cute dogs would be cause for distraction—which is probably somewhat true. That said, the benefits far outweigh the initial novelty. Taking short breaks helps rejuvenate employees so they can return to their work with more gusto, making them more productive.
4. Office pups help improve communication
Poor communication in the workplace can be a huge hindrance to productivity. Particularly in offices where people tend to stick to themselves, office dogs encourage team building. Pets create an instant shared interest and can facilitate deeper conversations—which is great for improving communication.
5. Dogs encourage a healthier lifestyle in the office
Speaking of teamwork, raising a pack of office dogs takes a village—or in this case, a workplace. Dogs need to be taken outside regularly to do their business and to get exercise. Keeping an office pup active helps prevent behavior issues. Plus, active pets require active humans—and active humans make for more energized employees.
6. Dog-friendly offices improve employee retention
Healthy lifestyles in offices have been linked to less stress-related health issues, and as a result, less absenteeism. Dog-friendly workplaces elevate job satisfaction, which then vastly improves employee retention.
7. Office dogs get socialized, rather than being left home alone
In a dog-friendly environment, it’s not all about the people. Consider this—inviting dogs into the office is also great for the pups. Rather than staying cooped up at home alone, or at an expensive doggy daycare, office dogs are spoiled with attention and good company at work.
All things considered, we’re calling Take Your Dog to Work Day a major win for dogs and workers alike!