Pets at work? Or Pests at work? [POLL]

Research suggests allowing people to bring pets to work is beneficial for productivity and general harmony.

Allowing workers to bring their animal friends to work could increase workplace productivity rather than prove a distraction, a pet care advisor believes. …

“The benefits are huge, it’s not just the amount of fun we have and the pets have, but there’s really good research to say it reduces the stress of people whose pets are in the office on a regular basis.

“People think it must be chaotic but we know productivity increases…maybe because you’re taking more regular breaks so the time you spend at the desk is more productive.”

Research also showed that employees began to enjoy their jobs more and even liked their bosses more for allowing them to bring their pets in.

But it was important good guidelines were set down, as not every pet and not every workplace would be suitable, she said.

Making sure the animals had regular toilet breaks and even creating a roster if too many people wanted to bring in their pets was a good idea. …

“There’s nothing like having pets in the office, whether it’s a mental health break to play games with them or bringing them to a new business meeting to break the ice, there are a heap of benefits to having some wagging tails around.”

I think to bring your own pet can be beneficial.  Having to put up with other people’s pets – not so much.  And that’s not even taking into account such things as allergies to fur, or the really big No No:  letting pets eat off crockery that is also used by humans.

Where do you sit on the “Pets at the Office” spectrum

 

– Stuff


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