Dogs 'can help relieve stress at work'

Dogs can help relieve stress at work 2505

Managers could go about tackling the issue of stress at work by allowing employees to bring their dog to the office, new research has indicated.

According to a study published by experts at the Virginia Commonwealth University, the job satisfaction of professionals can be enhanced if pets are present in a workplace.

The survey - which involved analysing 75 people working at a manufacturing company, where each day for a week around half the workforce were allowed to bring their dogs with them - found this can improve morale among employees.

In addition, mental anxiety suffered by dog owners was found to steadily decline throughout the day when their pet was with them.

Lead author of the study Randolph Barker commented: "The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant."

Recently, the European Opinion Poll on Occupational Safety and Health predicted that anxiety will become more widespread among professionals over the course of the next five years.

Posted by Chris StevensonADNFCR-1500-ID-801332110-ADNFCR

02/04/2012 16:55