To celebrate National Bring Your Dog to Work Day, we thought we’d profile our favourite pooch, Johnny the labradoodle, part of the Leagus Video team who we share an office with.
Here’s a few reasons why we think having a dog in the office is ace.
They’re welcoming: It’s always nice when you’re greeted at the door to the office by someone who looks extremely excited to see you. Even if they try and give you a big sloppy kiss.
Clients love dogs: Even though we’ve worked hard to create an office layout that is cool, relaxed and fun, one of the main reasons clients like to visit is because of Johnny. In fact, many of them ask when he’ll be in before they suggest a date for a meeting!
Helps reduce stress: Dogs are like miniature zen masters in the office. There’s a bunch of scientific studies that show simply looking at a dog, or giving it a pat can increase the levels of oxytocin (the stress-reducing hormone) in the body.
Good for creativity: Need an excuse to step away from you desk? Dogs need regular walks. So do people. Step outside with your furry friend and get a fresh perspective during a jaunt to the nearby park. It’s often when you get the best ideas.
Great for team building: Dogs are a great way to bring a team together. Especially when you work in an office of animal lovers. A more relaxed culture, which allows pets in the office breeds better engagement and collaboration with the rest of the team.
We love having Johnny in the office. So do our clients. Now he just needs to figure out how to work the kettle.
Do you have a dog in the office? Or a cat? Or hamster? What effect does it have on the office environment? Let us know in the comments below.