The benefits of creating a dog-friendly office

Creating a dog-friendly office environment is a rising trend in the UK, not least due to the considerable increase in dog ownership over the past few years. Whilst not without its challenges, allowing employees to bring their canine companions to work could be hugely beneficial to your entire organisation.

1. Reduces stress levels

As many businesses attempt to encourage more workers to return to the office on a full-time or hybrid basis, implementing a dog-friendly policy is worth serious consideration. Here are 8 reasons why.

Numerous studies provide direct evidence that petting and interacting with dogs significantly lowers the stress hormone cortisol and increases our levels of oxytocin and dopamine, helping us to feel happy and relaxed.

With stress being a major contributor to absenteeism, job dissatisfaction, and employee burnout, it makes sense for employers to find ways to tackle these potentially debilitating feelings of pressure.

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