Warrington's Home Instead Senior Care office celebrated Pets at Work Week (18th to 22nd June) by inviting their staff to bring in their pets. This follows in a long standing tradition across Home Instead's with much loved canine friends being part of the staff team.
This is now backed up by recent research published in the March 2012 issue of International Journal of Workplace Health Management clearly shows "dogs in the workplace may buffer the impact of stress during the working day for their owners and make the job more satisfying for those with whom they come into contact.". A leading expert in the field of research Professor T Barker PhD states "Dogs in the workplace can make a positive difference." Recent research shows the difference in perceived stress between days the dogs were present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had higher job satisfaction than industry norms."
Professor Barker observed unique dog-related communication in the workplace that may contribute to employee performance and satisfaction. Also dogs increase co-worker co-operation. "A pet presence may serve as a low-cost, wellness intervention readily available to many organisations and may enhance organisational satisfaction and perceptions of support."
From our first experience of celebrating Pets at Work Week, we are very keen to make this an annual event. The staff at Warrington gave it a real "thumbs up".