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The Benefits of Taking Your Dog to Work

Dogs at work can lead to improved work conditions.

It turns out that dogs are more than man's best friend, they are great work buddies too. There are multiple studies that say having a furry friend with you in the workplace can help reduce stress and increase productivity. Here is some insight into the findings:

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) published a study in the March 2012 issue of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management. It shows that dogs in the workplace serve as a buffer between workers and stress, while making the job more satisfying for those in contact with the canine.

"Although preliminary, this study provides the first quantitative study of the effects of employees' pet dogs in the workplace setting on employee stress, job satisfaction, support and commitment," Randolph T. Barker Ph.D., principal investigator of the study and professor of management in the VCU School of Business, said in a statement.

In 2008, a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association showed 17 percent of companies permit pets at work. The poll also revealed that 34 million people tend to work longer hours when allowed to bring pets to work. Of the animals brought to work, 76 percent of the total number are dogs, while 15 percent are cats. 

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