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The benefits of dogs in the workplace

Dogs in Kiwi workplaces

More companies in New Zealand are exploring the idea of bringing dogs into the office which brings a range of benefits that positively impact employees and the workplace. Here are some of the benefits of having dogs in the workplace.

Stress reduction

One of the most significant benefits of having dogs in the workplace is the reduction of stress. Dogs have an immediate calming effect on people. The simple act of petting a dog can trigger the release of oxytocin, a hormone associated with bonding and relaxation, and reduce the production of cortisol, a stress hormone. This biological response helps to create a sense of calm and well-being, allowing employees to handle work pressures more effectively.

Strengthening relationships

Dogs owners know how much dogs are social catalysts, encouraging people to interact more with each other and fostering a sense of community. Having dogs in the office can strengthen workplace relationships by fostering a more open and friendly environment. Dogs can serve as icebreakers, helping employees start conversations and build connections that might not have happened otherwise. When employees have stronger relationships with their colleagues, it can lead to increased job satisfaction and a more positive and productive work environment.

Enhanced productivity

While it might seem the opposite, having dogs in the office can actually enhance productivity. Short breaks to interact with a dog can help employees clear their minds, leading to better focus and efficiency when they return to their tasks. Also, the presence of dogs can encourage a healthier work-life balance, as employees may be more likely to take regular breaks to walk or play with the dogs, helping to avoid burnout and maintaining productivity levels throughout the day.

Allowing dogs into the workplace offers a variety of benefits that can enhance employee wellbeing and productivity. Kiwi companies that embrace this trend are likely to find themselves with happier, healthier, and more loyal employees.

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