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Pets: The Solution To Stress In The Workplace

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Stress and work pressures can have the biggest effect in the workspace, taking a toll on the mental wellbeing of employees. Recently offices have attempted to tackle stress and increase productivity through their pets, by bringing them into the workplace.

But does this work? What kind of benefits do pets offer to the workspace?

Stress Relief

Pets are incredibly therapeutic in the workplace, as they not only have the ability to decrease stress levels but also increase productivity. This came about when a study was published in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, in which researchers gathered information based on stress levels between those with and without access to pets in the workplace.

It appeared that pets were able to reduce the stress of the staff and also boost morale, meaning that the study looking at seventy five staff members was unanimously clear in the results.

Fitness

With pets it’s easier to include a regime of daily exercise, whether it be a twenty minute stroll or higher levels of activity such as Frisbee throwing during breaks with a pet. This allows employees to get their daily exercise while at the same time relieving daily stresses from the workplace.

This also allows more interaction with your pet at work, meaning that home life is less stressful as you can sort out your pets needs during work hours for the most part.

Colleague Interaction

Pets can help in developing relationships with employees that you normally wouldn’t associate yourself with. This is because it is easier to interact with animals than it is colleagues you don’t normally speak to. With a simple interaction with the pet you can lead into a conversation with the colleague, making collaborations with introverts not nearly as daunting.

Animal Therapy

Animals have such a positive impact on humans that there is even evidence to suggest that animal therapy could benefit the office space. It’s more common for those who own pets to manage their stress more efficiently in situations, as well as handling depression.

There is a process known as Animal-Assisted Therapy (also known as AAT), in which pets are used as a way to improve not only physical functions but also emotional and social ones. There is even some evidence that AAT can act as a therapy for assisting people with autism, because interacting with a pet can influence positive social interaction (although there isn’t enough evidence for it to be a concrete solution).

Things To Consider

Injuries To employees

Employees may have protective pets who are initially aggressive to those that come near their owner, so it’s best to be cautious when initially introducing pets to the office.As lovely as it is to have animals in the workplace, there are a few things to consider when making them a part of your team.

In the case that a pet injures a fellow colleague or someone associated with the company the business can be held liable rather than the owner of the pet, unless a contract of some sort is signed which denies company liability. The same goes for property damage, as animals are known to damage furniture and equipment, although that may be a contract that covers the damages rather than liability.

Injuries To Pets

Another point to make is that it isn’t just employees that could be injured but also the pets. There are often cables scattered around the workplace so electrical hazards could be an issue. If the office space is cramped pets also run the risk of running into obstacles such as desking or their paws could be injured by the wheels of office seats.

It’s best to address these risks early on before you allow pets in the workplace and conjure up ways of reducing the risks present.

Injuries To Pets

Another point to make is that it isn’t just employees that could be injured but also the pets. There are often cables scattered around the workplace so electrical hazards could be an issue. If the office space is cramped pets also run the risk of running into obstacles such as desking or their paws could be injured by the wheels of office seats.

It’s best to address these risks early on before you allow pets in the workplace and conjure up ways of reducing the risks present.

Allergies

It’s important to be aware of your employees’ allergies before allowing pets into the workplace. This is because an abundance of sneezing can cause germs if they are allergic to fur, creating an unhealthy workspace. On top of that this could hinder productivity, as employees may begin to feel puffy eyed and incredibly ill.

The Right Pet

Although it is great having a pet in the workplace, sometimes there are some obscure pet choices that are most likely not recommended for the office. For example having a spider or snake as a pet could be scary for a lot of people in the office, because as a phobia it is commonplace to be fearful of these types of pets.

It’s also best to ensure that your employees do not have fears of any other pets, as the last thing you want to do as an employer is put the m in an uneasy position.

Checking With Your Landlord

Another issue that can arise from allowing pets in the workspace is not having clearance with the landlord beforehand. Even if the policy for employees is pro pet, the landlord’s lease may not be. Before allowing pets into the office it’s best to reread the lease or speak with the landlord. The majority of tenancy agreements are unlikely to allow pets in the workplace but it is worth checking just in case.

The Mascot of Rap

Here at Rap Interiors we practice what we preach. We have our very own furry friend called Ziggy, who’s a big part of the Rap team. Ziggy helps us to relieve our stress when we need it most, the office just wouldn’t be the same without our mascot.

If you bring your pet to work and would like to show us, tweet us @Rap_Interiors with the hashtag #petsatwork.