Why Bringing Your Dog To Work Can Be Great For (ALMOST) Everyone

Dogs are great companions, and about eight percent of workplaces in the U.S. now allow them to join their owners in the office, according to the Society of Human Resource Management. Several studies have shown dogs in the workplace provide more social support for employees, as well as more opportunities for coworkers to interact in a positive setting. It also offers a logistical advantage, as employees who own dogs are able to avoid missing work to go home in the middle of the day to feed their dog quickly or rushing home at the end of the day to tend to their pet. Of course, not all dogs are perfect for office environments, and not all employees enjoy dogs. Sociologist Anna Akbari says, “The only person that is almost guaranteed to benefit from bringing the dog to work is the owner of that dog. The likelihood of everyone else in the office having that same band and affinity for their animal is very low.” As such, workplaces should lay down some rules before allowing canines in the office.