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July 6, 2016

Dogs at Work Revisited

According to Pet Sitters International, June 24th was Take Your Dog to Work Day®. An increasing number of companies, especially in major metro areas, are allowing dogs in their workplaces.

People favor employers that allow dogs
A new survey by the social media site SKOUT reports nearly half of people (46 percent) think companies should allow workers to bring their dogs to work. Skout offers its own employees a dog-friendly workplace and the team at SKOUT thought it would be fun to hear what people really think about dogs in the workplace.

Dogs at work are more popular than you may think
Almost 15 percent of employees surveyed said they bring their dog to work, at least some of the time. Moreover, people who work in an office are even more likely to bring their dog to work with 21 percent responding they bring their canine friends to their workplaces.

Dogs can make you feel happier, more productive, and less stressed
Of those surveyed, 74 percent said that dogs make employees feel happier in the workplace, even more likely if they work in an office, (78 percent). A majority, 63 percent, of people surveyed said that dogs help lower employees' stress levels at work. Among office workers, that number jumps to 67 percent. On top of that, 43 percent of those surveyed said that dogs make employees more productive; even a higher percentage of office workers (51 percent) said their canine coworkers enhance productivity.

Dogs give companies a "cool factor"
In addition, 51 percent of people surveyed said being able to bring their four-legged friends to work makes a company "a cool place to work". Workers age 30 and under especially thought so (58 percent).

Dogs are more popular than ping pong tables or foosball
When it comes to perks in the workplace, the ability to bring your dog to work was preferred three times as much as the option of having a ping pong or even having a foosball table.

Expect more dogs at work
Based on these findings, we expect more employers that can to begin allowing employees to bring their dogs to work. Allowing dog owners to bring their dogs to work is a good example of a low-cost benefit that has a high-perceived value to employees and candidates.

Special thanks to HRM Asia for bringing this study to our attention.

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