#WorkTrends Recap: Benefits of Pets in the Workplace

#WorkTrends Recap: Benefits of Pets in the Workplace

We let the dogs…in on this week’s #WorkTrends as we took a look at the benefits of pet-friendly offices.

According to researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business, it was discovered that pets in the workplace actually create a buffer between stressful situations, boost employee morale and increase productivity. This speaks fathoms about the value they bring not only to our personal lives, but to our professional ones, as well.

Host Meghan M. Biro was joined by Kurgo CEO Gordie Spater to discuss why allowing pets in the workplace is a good policy to have.

Gordie discussed the many benefits from improved employee engagement and overall happiness to lowered employee turnover rates.

Here are some other key points that he shared:

  • We are bringing more of ourselves to work these days both physically and emotionally.
  • Before allowing pets in the office you need to set explicit behavioral expectations
  • It’s important to make sure your office can physically handle pets. Accidents on carpet aren’t any fun.

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