Here’s Why You Should Bring Your Pets to Work

Cat at Work

Although we love our pets dearly, there are times when we have no choice but to leave them at home alone. The vast majority of workplaces are not pet-friendly, even when there’s no good reason for this to be the case.

However, it’s time for a shift because bringing pets to work really can be the key to a more fruitful and successful working day. Here’s why: 

They’re stress relievers

bringing your pets to work

People with pets are less prone to high blood pressure and stress. Having pets actually helps people improve their moods. However, this doesn’t only apply to personal life. Studies have proven again and again that the same effects happen in terms of work-life as well. Employees who experienced less stress throughout the workday had their pets at work, while those without pets felt more pressured and stressed.

According to INC, individuals "who brought their dogs to work had decreased hormonal stress levels when compared with those who did not bring any pets to work." Meanwhile, those who did not bring pets to work "showed steadily increasing levels of stress throughout the workday."

There’s just no debate about it: no matter how much you love your job, there will be times when you’ll feel stressed. However, if you bring your pets to work, it will be so much more bearable. 

You save money - and it’s kinder to your pet

If you leave your pets at daycare or hire someone to look after them, you understand that pet care doesn’t come cheap. Bringing your pet wherever you’re working means not only will you be able to spend more time with your pet, but you’ll save money doing so. If you don’t normally bring them to daycare, then the big benefit will be the fact that your beloved pet will no longer have to suffer separation anxiety and loneliness. 

bringing your pets to work

Pets help boost creativity

Owning pets means that you have to take more strolls. Walking around and spending time outdoors can help boost your creativity. This is very helpful in giving your mind a reset and boost.

After taking a break with your pet, you’ll find that you have an improved flow of creative ideas and better focus once you get back to your workstation. 

They encourage positive interactions

Whether you’re working in an office or a coworking space, if you bring your pet with you, you will experience more positive interactions with the people around you. 

bringing your pets to work

You can’t get along with everyone, but pets offer a common interest for many people. Since they’re able to relieve people of stress, you can enjoy positive social interactions with coworkers who also love pets. If you have a pet with you, it’s easier to break the ice or bond with someone you want to get to know better. Pets can bring people together like that. This can help boost productivity because you’ll be happier and more energized - and the same will be true for your coworkers! 

In a TIME report, we read:

"Dogs in the workplace provide more social support for employees, as well as more opportunities for coworkers to interact in a positive setting."

The news site likewise shared that "social support, or that feeling of being cared for, also serves as 'a key factor in whether people with serious mental illness return to work or remain employed.'"

Final thoughts

It’s clear that pets make people happier and more productive. Bringing them to work will make your work experience more efficient and make you feel more energized and pleasant. It’s time we were all allowed to bring our pets with us to work, no matter where we may be working! 

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