Did You Have a Faithful Hound in Your Office on Friday?
Started six Years Ago as a Fundraser, look how its grown, Offices all over the world embraced the “Bring Your Dog To Work Day” Friday 21st July,
Jo Amit was the lady behind the original idea. Six years ago she moved offices and her faithful hound was no longer welcome at the new offices.
With an agreement from the management they allowed one day a year for the team to bring in their furry friends. Her brainwave was lets have this as a fundraser for Animal Welfare charities like “All Dogs Matter”
The idea being that business will embrace the idea, bring in the dogs on this one day and upload pictures to her website.
Genius Idea by a Dentist who regularly brings his dog to work to calm down
More and more offices and businesses are getting involved with this brilliant scheme and in fact we understand many more offices are allowing Dogs in on a regular basis. It is a long held belief that Dogs bring a calming influence into the work environment. I am a firm advocate of this, in fact I work in an environment which is far beyond the normal office place of work. On a daily basis our clients struggle with mental health issues and addiction It is challenging and often unsettling for them and what better way to sooth their soul than a therapy dog. Her name is Isla, she is definitely a show girl.
Some Dogs take over the office and love the drama
More bosses and employers see the benefits of dogs in the office and if its just one day then make yours happen. It is often a surprise to people how well received dogs are by all employees.
There have been many studies which confirm the benefits of having dogs at work. Sometimes work can be stressful, stroking and talking to a dog will lower the heart rate and blood pressure reduces, it’s similar to mindfulness techniques, it brings your right back to the here and now and bring clarity to an otherwise stressful situation. It encourages people to be sociable, wanting to walk the dog during breaks and who can resist a dog. Clearly the benefit to the dog is he is not at home alone, not getting bored and not longing for company.
Dogs by nature are sociable and coming into an office is a bit of theatre for them, they may be excited on the first visit but will soon settle down, if other dogs are in the office then even better.
Bit of Risk assessment prior to a dogs arrival is easily managed, check the day before if anyone has allergies, or if they have a fear of dogs, yes some people don’t like dogs, mad I know. It can still be worked around with a bit of forethought.
From a bosses perspective it is a huge benefit and will be appreciated by employees and dog owners alike. It is a win win all round
So get involved, you will love the benefits.
Do you have any Dogs at work pictures, share with us.
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