Sandra Barker is a professor of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth’s School of Medicine, and she has been involved in several studies researching dogs in the workplace. The results may not come as big surprises to dog lovers, but are interesting nonetheless.
A study was made in 2012 at a large manufacturing company. The study included 76 employees, and having just three dogs present on any given day reduced the stress level by 11 percent during the day.
Employees with their dogs left at home, however, had an increase in stress level of 71 percent. As the day progresses, dog owners clearly worry about their furry friends!
Having a dog present in the workplace can work as a buffer against stress – things still happen, but humans react less to stress factors with pets around.
Nationally, around 2 percent of dog owners take their pets to work, and this adds up to around one million dogs in workplaces around the country.