Meet Fido and Felix ΓÇô Your Productivity-Boosting Co-Workers
TheyΓÇÖre cute, furry and they can improve your productivity at work. So is it time you brought your four-legged friends to the office?
55% of workers claim that having pets at work would improve their motivation levels. ThatΓÇÖs according to an infographic from Confused.com, which reveals a whole range of benefits to bringing your pet to work.
Domestic pets have long been recognised as an excellent way to lower blood pressure and reduce stress, so itΓÇÖs no surprise that researchers found that stress levels decreased about 11% among workers on the days they brought their dog to work.
Confused.com also credits pets in the workplace with strengthening relationships between co-workers, providing a way to break down barriers and stimulate conversation. Next time youΓÇÖre starting a big project, you might want to make Fido or Felix part of the team.
For those concerned about the health impact of sitting at a computer screen all day, dogs in particular are good for encouraging their owners out of the office for a healthy lunchtime walk. In other words, pets are a great way to help workers re-establish a work-life balance.
It seems that employers are catching on to the trend too, with the number of times workers brought their dogs to work increasing from 17 times in 2008 to 22 times in 2012.
ItΓÇÖs not all good news though. With tarantulas and snakes among the top ten types of office pet, stress levels among arachnophobes and ophidiophobes are likely to soar. The havoc wreaked by unruly pets also means that some animals will be more welcome than others.
Now, if we could teach cats to typeΓÇª
Are fluffy co-workers the future? Or does having a pet in the office create an unwelcome distraction? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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