First time learning - Amy
It was in 2008 – and by accident – that we adopted a small street puppy, which from day 1 on, joined us in our office and – like puppies mostly do – won all team members’ hearts within seconds. We called her Amy!
My learnings from having office dogs
Over the years I had lots of discussions with partners, clients and other managers about this topic. Sure, there might be downsides, e.g. that some people would not join your company if there are dogs around. But from what I learned, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, whereby my top reasons are:
A dog is a heart opener
I believe that a good start into the day is essential. This is why I value excellent coffee and a run with our dog as first action of the day. Now imagine you are coming into the office and the first thing that happens is that you are welcomed by a lovely dog and then you fetch your first cup of excellent Espresso. Sounds great, right?
A dog is a stress killer
Statistically dogs reduce sick leaves
To be honest, I cannot proof this one, because there was no real “without dogs” office time to measure against. And also this was never the reason why I was very open for people bringing their dogs to work (I grew up having a dog around me and always enjoyed it so I never saw a reason to not enable the team to experience the same). But there are so many interesting reports from people who measured this that I would not want to proof them wrong ;).
Dogs increase the mood
Usually I do not like generic statements like this, but this is what we encounter. When our previous dog Izzy passed the Rainbow Bridge I could not really think of having a new dog. So it became quiet in the offices and the general mood went to an all-time low. I would never want to see this kind of mood killing “I do not want to see the office” feeling anymore. In the meantime Wilma joined us – and since the first day there is this heart-warming friendliness back in the work space.