The benefits of dogs in the workplace are the subject of new research published in the March issue of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management.
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University found that the presence of dogs in the workplace may buffer the impact of stress during the work day in both their owners and the people that they come into contact with.
In this YouTube video, principal investigator Dr Randolph T Barker (no pun intended) talks about the costs of stress to employers through lost work time and the benefits of increased productivity.
The researchers conducted their study at Replacements Ltd, the pet-friendly workplace that I featured here in March 2011.
Although Dr Barker is a Professor of Management, he collaborated with specialists in psychiatry and biostatistics for this study. The researchers emphasise that their results are preliminary and that the next step is to expand the study to a larger sample size in an organisational setting.
I wonder which firm will put their hand up for that study?