A new nationwide survey confirms what we, as dog lovers, already knew: Pets boost morale, relieve stress, and motivate us to be our best selves, including at the office.
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If you're wondering why you hear barking and the pitter-patter of tiny feet at your office today, it happens to be National Bring Your Dog to Work Day. And if you're in a professional slump, having a canine companion-turned-coworker turns out to be just what you need.

Earlier this year, Banfield Pet Hospital released the results of their Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer™ (pets at work barometer). In this project, they surveyed over 1,000 working professionals and 200 human resource associates from companies large and small across the United States to get their take on what it's like to work in a pet-friendly office, the perceived advantages or disadvantages, and how it impacts their careers.

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The result? Dogs work wonders for the office!

The majority of survey respondents agreed that working in a pet-friendly office helps to boost morale, reduce stress, attain greater work-life balance, and increased productivity. In fact, 88 percent of surveyed employees (and 91 percent of human resources associates) said that allowing pets at their place of work improved morale.

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And from the employer's side? Companies that implement pet-friendly policies stand to benefit as well.

They are more likely to retain talent: 82 percent of employees and 91 percent of human resource associates share having a stronger sense of loyalty to their employers. Plus, more than half of employees say that they would be more likely to continue working for their current company if it were to implement a pet-friendly workplace policy. On the flipside, possible candidates see a pet-friendly policy as a definite "pro" in weighing the pros and cons to a job offer. Almost 80 percent of human resource associates say that pet-friendly policy is a topic of discussion when recruiting employees and 65 percent of job candidates ask about their stance on pets in the office.

Really, it's a win-win for companies and the people who work for them.

(Now, go download the full infographic and show this to your boss!)


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