While only 17 percent of U.S. employers currently allow animals in the workplace, according to a survey from the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association, pet-friendly, often specifically dog-friendly, environments are building steam. From major companies like Google, Zynga, and Amazon.com to growing start-ups, more and more canine companions are showing up to work
Pet-friendly work environments are often reflections of a corporate culture established by a dog-loving CEO, and everyone swears it works well. Workers in dog-friendly companies exhibit above average corporate loyalty, and it may simply stem from the fact that dogs tend to make people happy.
In high-performance or high-stress work environments, dogs can not only spread smiles but also ease tension. Taking a walk, practicing a trick, or even absentmindedly scratching a dog behind the ear allows even the most worked-up employee to relax and reprioritize. And, a dog break is certainly healthier than a smoke break.
That’s for sure, as long as you aren’t allergic.