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2 months ago by Sarah Graham

Could a little furry team member help your stress levels?

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We all know that business can be stressful, but do you know that stress can have long term effects? Six in ten employees experience stress in the workplace which contributes to absenteeism and lower levels of productivity. Clearly this is an issue which will have a direct impact on your team. How can you help to reduce stress and create a more productive and calm environment?

Did you know pets are good for our health? This can be as relevant when pets are brought into the workplace. Research by the American Animal Hospital Association has shown that pets in the workplace have numerous benefits for employers and employees alike. The benefits include;

  • Improved office morale

  • Better communication

  • Higher attendance rates

  • A healthy work-life balance

  • Reduced stress

In my experience, Cherry Professional office is brightened by the most popular member of our team, which is actually our furry four legged friend, Pugsley! Pugsley makes everyone smile and boosts our staff morale whenever he is in! Pets help to increase productivity by giving staff a short mental break away from long or stressful tasks for a little fuss or playtime. Without realising, Pugsley does this for us with a little game of fetch.

Pets have been well known to have a positive effect on stress due to the calming effects of increasing laughter and positivity and reducing blood pressure. Naturally, the benefits of reduced stress have great implications for related illnesses as well as implications for costs to you and your team.

Are you considering bringing a pet into your workplace? It appears that the advantages are overwhelming, but what do you need to be aware of? Here are our tips for ensuring that both pets and employees are both suited to the work environment.

  • Check with the rest of your team that they are happy for the pet to be brought into the workplace, there would be nothing worse for an employee with allergies struggling to work.

  • Ensure pets are well groomed, clean and free of fleas or ticks. You might also want to check that all vaccinations are all up to date. Make sure you are aware of the pets training and dietary needs.

  • Ensure that your workplace is ‘pet-proofed’ should the pet have any additional needs. Generally, it can be arranged for the owner to provide for the pet’s needs so costs should be minimal.

  • Take time and care introducing pets into your work environment. If you take the time to allow pets to settle in, it will stop them feeling stressed and prevent any difficult responses.

We hope that your new furry recruits bring as much joy to your workplace as Pugsley brings to ours! If you have a furry friend, why not introduce them by tweeting us @cherryprof!