We’re excited and honoured to feature South Africa’s second largest independent animal welfare organisation on PetlifeSA.
Take Your Pet To Work Day
Dogs have been man’s best friend from the very beginning and worked alongside us, hunting, tracking and even keeping man safe at night.
This relationship has been forgotten in the modern day when our pooches are left behind while we set off to work and do our daily business. Take Your Dog/Cat To Work Day were developed as an attempt to help restore pets to the workplace and help humans understand the human-animal bond.
The presence of a friendly pet in the workplace not only reduce heart rates and blood pressure, but simply petting a pet can lower blood pressure and cholesterol and increase salivary immunoglobulin, an indicator of good immune system functioning.
Interactions with pets has positive changes on self-reported anxiety and calmness and positively affects endocrine responses, specifically interaction with a dog. Pets are becoming an important part of the workplace with many benefits to offer.
PETS AT THE WORK PLACE:
- Create happiness
- Improve productivity
- Increase engagement and social interactions
- Improve focus
- Boost team morale
- Act as catalysts for human social interactions
- Improve work-life balance
- Improve relationships
- Create trust
- Generate effective collaborations
- Better working hours
- Reduce stress
- Boost attendance
- Promote creativity
- Provide exercise
- Contribute to flexibility
- Act as a conversation starter
- Provide comic relief
- Attract potential employees
Pets can be a great addition to the team and the benefits outweigh the challenges. Grab the water bowl, leash, stock up on the treats, and off to work.