How did I not hear about this sooner? It seems that someone did a study on the health effects of bringing your dog to work. They studied different people in a dog-friendly workplace, including those who didn’t have dogs, those who had dogs but didn’t bring them in, and those who brought their dogs to work. They found the following:
- All three groups started the day at a similar stress level, on average.
- People with no dog had their stress level climb gradually though the day
- People who had a dog but didn’t bring it in performed identically.
- People who brought in their dog had their stress level decrease through the course of the day.
So there you have it: dogs are the magic de-stresser. (I suspect cats would work just as well (maybe even better! ack, heresy!), but there are fewer cat-friendly workplaces, because, well… mixing cats and dogs at a workplace? Could be bad.
Come on, companies, get with the program!