June 27 2012
Dogs have their day in workplace in national event
Going to work is for the dogs.
Just ask Megan, who spent Friday in the cubicles at Chow.com, a food and recipe website in San Francisco. The 10-year-old beagle-Jack Russell mix and her guardian, Jane Goldman, were participating in Take Your Dog to Work Day, a national event sponsored by Pet Sitters International. …
Goldman adopted Megan from Muttville, a San Francisco nonprofit that finds homes for senior rescued dogs – just such an agency that Friday’s event was intended to support. Goldman is also president of the group’s board of directors.
Muttville maintains that dogs are great stress relievers in the workplace, and scientific evidence backs it up.
Last month, Virginia Commonwealth University released a preliminary study showing that bringing dogs to work may lower stress and increase employee satisfaction. The study suggested that both large corporations and small businesses might want to foster canine programs in the workplace to as “low-cost wellness intervention.”