As the saying goes: «Life is better when I’m with my dog.» I can cite a long list of ways he makes my days brighter, even my work days! From stroking her soft fur or listening to her silent snoring, to how she makes me laugh while playfully waving her toys in the hope of a game of jerks and getting away from the computer every hour to go around the block. Look, I’m lucky. My dog, my companion in the office several days a week at the guide dog school, where I supervise the puppy breeding program.

Human Animal Bond Research Institute reports that pets in the workplace can make employers more attractive to potential employees, increase employee engagement and retention, improve relationships between employees and supervisors, and reduce absenteeism. There are also possible health benefits: stress management, a calming effect and, often, an improvement in the balance between work and personal life.

It is definitely nice to reach and scratch my dog’s ears when I feel overwhelmed by the deadlines of the project. Going to the designated pet playground for employees helps ensure that I don’t sit at my desk and work during lunch every day. Sometimes we spend my rest walking around the block. Mainly, as an inhabitant of an apartment, I am grateful to know that you are not trapped inside your home when I work for many days. It is a very good job.

Despite the reported benefits, the Society for Human Resource Management reports that less than 10 percent of US employers accept personal pets in the workplace on a regular basis.

While the benefits are remarkable, pets (for the purposes of this article, we will limit our thoughts to dogs, specifically) in the workplace can be difficult. Some office cultures can support a mentality of everything that happens, where people do not look at a neglected indoor dog park that develops in the lobby. However, the «love me, love my dog» attitude is generally not a good omen for harmonious events during the daily routine. Bringing personal pets to the workplace, especially to an office environment, is a privilege that employers could consider more broadly if they consider it less likely to be harmful.

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