Many managers may not like the idea of their employees watching YouTube at work, particularly when it comes to silly cat videos. But given recent research, we have come to find that those videos actually increase employee productivity.
The same holds true for bringing pets to the office. If your stance on having pets at your company has always been “no,” here are some reasons you may want to rethink your policy.
It elicits positivity
What’s the quickest way to relieve stress from a long day at work? Many of you would probably say the answer is playing with your cat or dog when you get home.
Why not extend this to the workplace? If you already know that your furry friend makes you feel better when you have a tight deadline or a huge project to finish, then it’s easy to argue that they make you happy. A positive outlook on life leads to productivity and better work results.
It’s an instant reward
Dopamine is the chemical responsible for motivation. Without it, we would not be able to get things done and stay on track at work. Interactions with pets have been proven to boost dopamine levels, as well as other neurotransmitters. This helps fulfill the body’s need for constant rewards throughout the day, allowing you to keep your momentum going.
Besides, knowing that your dog needs a walk is enough reason to go outside for a stroll yourself.
It helps employees bond
It’s very difficult for coworkers to walk past an adorable animal and not stop to say hello. Whether the pets are playing or just napping, you are guaranteed to get a lot of attention from having them around. This is a great way to encourage bonding amongst your employees, leading to more productive teamwork. It’s also an effective icebreaker for new team members, as it’ll make them feel much more comfortable. The best part? It won’t affect your budget.
If you are not completely ready to take the plunge yet, you can test out the policy first by allowing pets for a limited time as a recognition reward. This will give you a good idea of how your office would function as a pet-friendly environment.
About the Author
Nana Dooreck, founder of Rubicore, has worked to improve people management through recruitment, learning and development and performance feedback. Follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.Tags: company policy, pet policy