“Firms bring in dogs to soothe workers.
Writing in the Telegraph, Kate MacDougall looks at the growing trend for office dogs, as companies look to provide a more enjoyable and less stressful work environment. Bournemouth-based fintech firm Twenty7Tec introduced dogs to its offices last year, and currently has around five regular office dogs with 50 full-time employees. CEO James Tucker says the benefits are already apparent: “What we have found is that it forces us to go out, into the fresh air. Groups of people who might not necessarily interact with each other are all heading out with the dogs at lunchtime. They’re chatting, they’re bonding, they are getting exercise and that all filters back into the work they do.” – Human Times Article.
If it works in hospitals and nursing homes (therapy dogs) why not in the office? Mind you my dog is capable of raising stress levels as quickly as he can lower them but that’s a working cocker spaniel for you.
That said right now he’s crashed out at my feet, but he’ll make sure I take break and go outside rain or shine so that works. We’ll also meet others I might not otherwise see.
He’s helpfully oblivious to whether I’m having a good or bad day, he does not offer advice, he does not judge, he does not score points and does not do office politics. He never moans.
A lot to be said for him really. (If you can ignore what he rolls in)
Shared originally by Geoff on his Linked in page.