Dog lovers – listen up! The annual ‘bring your dog to work’ day is coming back and we cannot wait.
So if you haven’t got the best relationship with your boss, we’d advise you to mention this in the next meeting before just waltzing in with your Schnauzer.
The event is now in its sixth year, returning on Friday 21st June, and it seems that the nation is absolutely buzzing at the prospect of bringing their four-legged friend to their workplace.
It seems that its not just us ‘normal folk’ who are getting in on the action – even celebrities such as the likes of Ricky Gervais and Lorraine Kelly have been involved in the past – tweeting the occasion using the hashtag #BringYourDogToWorkDay.
Now while you may be imagining the office turning into utter chaos with laptops and papers flying off the desks, coffee cups being knocked off and dog hair floating in the air, it can actually provide huge benefits for employees.
Organiser of Bring Your Dog to Work Day; Jo Amit said: “Having dogs around the office has so many benefits. It is well known that the presence of dogs can help reduce stress levels and blood pressure and it’s great for staff morale.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) June 26, 2015
“We love the response the event gets each year – it’s a real highlight for us to see so many happy dogs and owners at work together.”
In an interview with the Business Insider, Marie-José Enders who studies with the Open University on the relationship with animals and humans also agrees with the fact that bringing your pet pooch to work can have significant advantages: “It’s definitely good for the work atmosphere to have a dog in the office,” she said.
“If your boss is giving you a hard time, a dog can make it easier to put certain situations into perspective. You can just take a bit of space and walk the dog,”
“An animal at work makes people more motivated — they like their work more and they experience less stress.”
It’s not all for a bit of fun though; the day actually takes place each year to raise money for two charities – All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia.
So, in the next few weeks, you’re bound to see your social media newsfeeds bombarded with your mates and their dogs sitting together at the office desk under the #BringYourDogToWork hashtag.
If you’re one of the lucky ones who has a dog and is allowed to bring them to work by your lovely boss, you might want to make sure they’re well house-trained first. The last thing you need is to clean up pee off the floor when you’re in the middle of a meeting with a client. Yikes.
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