On July 4th, there was an interesting piece on NPR about dogs in the workplace. The story was prompted, it seems, by some new research:
“Lowering stress is just one of the positive benefits of dogs in the workplace, according to a recently published study from Virginia Commonwealth University.
“Study co-author Sandra Barker says dogs also make for a more satisfying work experience. ‘The vast majority of employees listed positive things about the dogs: that they reduced stress, that they made them feel more comfortable [and] they contributed to their communication,’ Barker says.”
I love it when there’s data to back up what I think and feel.
I’m lucky enough to work from home, and Chico has gotten pretty good at going to meetings. He goes to marketing committee meetings:
I’d argue that we benefit greatly from having animals in our lives and that there’s no reason a well behaved dog can’t go to the office. I suppose those with dog allergies would argue with me, but surely there’s a way to accommodate their disability.