These are my doggies. Phoebe, Lulu and Toto.
Right now, Phoebe is asleep in her bed on the floor next to me. Lulu is under my feet snoozing away, and Toto is chewing on a bone on the rug behind my chair. And Shipwreck (the one and only cat in the crew) is lying on my desk acting as a paperweight for a stack of papers.
As a conference keynote speaker, I'm away from home a lot. But when I am here, my furry family can always be found in my office. They constantly amuse me and make me feel surrounded by love and mischief. I always feel happier and more productive when they are around – and I now know why.
In a recent survey by Dogster.com and SimplyHired.com, 66 percent of dog owners said that they would work longer hours if they were allowed to bring their dogs to work, another 32 percent of respondents said that they would take a pay cut to bring their dogs to work. Survey respondents believe that pets help lower stress levels and build camaraderie amongst employees.
“Companies with pet-friendly policies just get it. And they’re breeding a class of happy and loyal employees”, said Ted Rheingold, CEO of Dogster.com. A whopping 49 percent of dog owners revealed they would switch jobs if the hiring company allowed their canine companion to accompany them to work, while 70 percent believe a dog-friendly work place is an important employee benefit.
I think the bottom line is that bringing a dog to work can make an employee happy. And happy employees are more resistent to infectious diseases, miss less work due to illness, perform better on the job, are easier to work with, and provide better customer service. And we LIKE them!
So if you have employees, why not consider a pooch-friendly policy at work? And seriously, WHO could resist those little cute faces?
From motivational speaker, Linda Larsen, backed up and supported by Phoebe, Lulu, Toto and Shipwreck