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Bring your dog to work

He’s the office dogsbody.

His typing skills may not be up to scratch, but having our mate, Brogan around at work helps reduce stress and improves the sense of job satisfaction

Animal instinct is often said to be the cause of boardroom bust-ups as executives compete to get ahead. But the presence of animals themselves could have a more calming effect, according to a charity. Bring Your Dog To Work Day (as seen on ITV’s This Morning and the Daily Mirror) is an annual nationwide event that raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs.

The founders of Bring Your Dog To Work Day have firsthand experience of the benefits of four-legged friends in the office.

“We’re overwhelmed by how successful Bring Your Dog To Work Day has become,”

says Jo Amit, who created the event with Mark Hirschel to raise money for rehoming charity, All Dogs Matter.

“”We’re hopeful that this year will prove even more popular, building on the momentum of 2015.”

All Dogs Matter is a charity that rescues and re-homes more than 300 dogs a year in London, Norfolk and the surrounding areas, and has three members of staff. The dogs in their care are either strays, are relocated from pounds, or simply come from owners who can no longer keep them.

Here at BPS they are preaching to the converted. Visitors to the Old Fire Station will have meet (and more than likely been goosed by) Head of HR, Brogan Wise, our German Short-Haired Pointer. As office mascot, Brogan has his fans and followers so we have recently launched his own Facebook page. You too can ‘follow the dog’ via his icon here. Expect a doggy POV on all things BPS, special offers

GoBro icon

 

Last year, #bringyourdogtoworkday trended on Twitter and was mentioned more than 9,000 times on Instagram as people posted pictures of their pooches at work. Pets’ presence seems to bring real benefits. According to a 2012 study at a business in North Carolina by Virginia Commonwealth University, animals in the office  reduce stress and increase levels of job satisfaction.

“There are so many studies that show the benefits of dogs in the workplace, and we have definitely experienced them”

says Lynn Unick, who works at website BorrowMyDoggy, which has a pet-friendly policy.

“They make us smile and their contribution to the overall office atmosphere is wonderful. It’s fantastic for morale and brings so much happiness into the working day.”

AMit and Hirschel, who also run Hownd – a pet-grooming product company are hopeful more businesses will welcome pooches as a result of this year’s Bring Your Dog To Work Day today.

THE BENEFITS OF TAKING PART

german pointer office worker

As well as raising funds for a cause, Bring Your Dog to Work Day could have some positive benefits for employee productivity and wellbeing. Above all, the day promises to be a lot of fun for all those involved. It’s time to give your dog a job!

Many scientific studies have concluded that the presence of pets can substantially reduce a person’s stress level in the workplace. Increased job satisfaction, team co-operation and morale have all been reported in employees that spend the workday with their pets.

So in addition to raising funds, Bring Your Dog To Work Day is likely to boost the productivity and happiness of the employees within your company.

Original source: Waitrose Weekend & www.bringyourdogtoworkday.co.uk
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