The Magic of Dogs in the Workplace!

Mel & Obie

Mel & Obie

 

If I had it my way he would never leave my side, so i’m slightly biased! But my studio side kick is Obie. 1 (almost 2) year old, Alaskan Malamute x German Shepherd is the dedicated partner of Msinclair Design and can usually be found laid next to me waiting for me to share my lunch with him.

Ever feel like you need a little 'wooooosaaaaa' moment in the office to stop you from screaming in the middle of the office? Maybe your dog could be that 'woosaa'.

The simplest, happiest pleasure is being on my couch with my dog, Neville.
— Marc Jacobs

As we know dogs feed off of our energy and can read our emotions very easily and are quickly affected by the emotions of the ones they love, however, are you aware just how much your furry companion affects you’re mental well being?! It is actually a proven scientific fact that dogs can relieves stress in the workplace.

Scientists doing research into the effects of bringing dogs to work have come across some incredible findings. In 2012, researchers for the Virginia Commonwealth University in the US studied the stress levels of employees of a manufacturing company who brought their dogs to work. They found these workers reported feeling significantly less stressed throughout the day than those who did not bring a dog to work. The researchers also observed staff without a dog requesting to take a co-worker’s dog out on a break.

Organisational psychologists at Central Michigan University, reported in a paper that in another study, individuals were placed into groups of four, with and without dogs, and each group member was charged with a fake crime. In groups where there were dogs present, members were 30% less likely to report each other, suggesting dogs promote cohesion and trust among team workers. A further study found team members of groups with dogs rated each other more highly on measures of intimacy, team cohesion and trust than members of groups where dogs were not present.

Dogs are found to have a great calming effect. According to Harvard Medical School, dog owners have lower blood pressure and are better at handling stress.

You can start to see the reasoning behind market leaders like Google and Amazon having pooch- loving offices! In fast moving hectic industries we think dogs are amazing addition to the team - keeping stress low and encouraging calmer thought processes can be invaluable!

Our working environment is 100% dog friendly and is central to the culture of msinclair design.
As clients, customers and employees of businesses; what are your thoughts on this?

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