A new study by Virginia Commenwealth University says that allowing pets in the workplace can significantly reduce stress.
The study was conducted at a dinnerware company in North Carolina, which allows dogs on its premises. The research found stress levels fell as much as 11% among workers who brought their pet to work.
The trend of allowing pets at work is growing nationally. According to a poll by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Assocation, as much as 17% of companies reported allowing pets in the office. The association also reported survey respondents bringing their dog to work as many as 22 times a year.
Pets are frequently utilized for therapy purposes within healthcare, particularly for victims of trauma or those who are injured. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, pets can decrease blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Do you think pets should be allowed in the workplace? Would they help ease stress or be a distraction?