In Honor of Pet Photo Day, the Benefits of At-work Pets

By Donna St. Jean Conti

“Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot

All American Pet Photo Day is observed on July 11th. (Not to be confused with Take Your Dog to Work Day, which is June 21.) Over half of American households have pets, making it easy for the day to be celebrated via taking and posting their pictures. While cats and dogs are the most common, taking pictures of your less-conventional pet is also welcomed.

At St. Conti, we greatly enjoy having our pets with us as we work from remote offices. We even included a cat in our logo. So, what are the benefits of having a pet with you while you work, and why not snap and share their photos on this occasion?

Benefits of Pets in the Workplace

According to this article from Scientific American, seeing pets at work has become more common. Even large companies, such as Google, Mashable, and Amazon, have adopted pet-friendly policies that allow for the accompaniment of non-support animals in the office.[1] Having a pet in the office sounds like a luxury that can only serve as a distraction from getting work done. However, this article by USCDornsife reveals that there is much more to it than that. For example, that article reports that having a pet in the office has proven to “lower stress levels, promote a happier workplace, and create an overall more comfortable environment.”[2] Moreover, the article mentions that pets have the potential to cause interactions between coworkers that may not have happened otherwise.[3] Lastly, this reduced stress has been linked to a decrease in stress-related ailments and the healthcare costs that are associated with them.[4] While these benefits are significant in terms of the health, morale, and overall happiness of workers, the caveat is that the hygiene of these pets must be upheld in order to avoid causing allergies. If this can be accomplished, the pros seem to heavily outweigh the cons.

For Those of You Who Work from Home

With benefits such as lower stress and increased overall happiness, it seems like a no-brainer to bring a pet to the workplace. This is especially true for those who work from home. Plus, those of you who work from home have yet another benefit to keeping your pet close while you work — to combat feelings of isolation. Telecommuting is known to bring feelings of isolation due to a lack of interaction with fellow employees. This article by lifehacker has various suggestions for how to combat feelings of isolation that includes getting a pet with which you can interact. Yet another benefit to only having your pet around is that “they won’t judge you for still being in your PJs at 3 in the afternoon.”[5]

Join Us and Snap Away on July 11th 

As if you needed a reason to bring your pet to the workplace, we have now provided evidence that it is more than just to distract yourself from the occasional monotony of work. Having your pet around while you work also leads to increased morale, lower stress, and better health. So help us celebrate All American Pet Photo Day by taking pictures of your pets at work and posting them online for all to see.

 

St. Conti Communications is an award-winning, full-service, marketing communications agency specializing in public relations, social media, and writing support. We are based in Mission Viejo, Calif. For more information about our agency and how we can help you, contact Donna St. Jean Conti, APR, at dconti (at) stconticommunications.com.

 

[1] Scientific American, “The Rising Trend of Pets at Work,” https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/anthropology-in-practice/the-rising-trend-of-pets-at-work/.

[2] USCDornsife, “The Benefits of Bringing Pets to Work,” https://appliedpsychologydegree.usc.edu/blog/the-benefits-of-bringing-pets-to-work/.

[3] USCDornsife, “The Benefits of Bringing Pets to Work,” https://appliedpsychologydegree.usc.edu/blog/the-benefits-of-bringing-pets-to-work/.

[4] USCDornsife, “The Benefits of Bringing Pets to Work,” https://appliedpsychologydegree.usc.edu/blog/the-benefits-of-bringing-pets-to-work/.

[5] Lifehacker, “How to Fight Isolation When You Work From Home,” https://lifehacker.com/how-to-fight-isolation-when-you-work-from-home-1823220279.

 

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