What do Google, Amazon and Nestlé Purina PetCare have in common? These leading international brands have global pet friendly policies and recognise the significant health and wellness benefits for both pets and employees.
Through its Pets at Work initiative Nestle Purina Petcare is proud to be support the movement calling for an increased number of pet-friendly workplaces nationwide. And, with latest research concluding there are significant benefits for both pets and employees when pets are at work, NestléPurina PetCare is encouraging more businesses to join them.
The research conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University found overall the presence of pets had a beneficial effect. Not only did pets at work also make the job more satisfying for those with whom the animal comes into contact, staff reported pet’s help to buffer the impact of stress during the workday. Stress levels dropped by 11% for staff who brought their dog into work compared with an increase of 70% for those who did not.
Pets in the office also help to encourage health and wellbeing where employees are able to stretch their legs and get away from the desk for short periods of time. These brief breaks help staff focus, retain information, promote creativity and increase productivity.
The study also found that not only are pets at work a positive move for staff productivity, they also can help lift staff morale and keep the mood relaxed and fun. With pets in the office, it becomes easier to approach new people and form connections with other staff members that can help improve their working relationship.
Alongside Nestlé Purina PetCare’s Pets at Work initiative, the organisation is happy to support Pet Sitters International ‘Take Your Dog to Work Day’ this Friday June 26th by encouraging employees to bring their pets into the office.
Nestlé Purina PetCare HR Manager, Carol Dietrich, has noticed the positive impact pet-friendly offices have on staff. “Having pets in the office is a great drawcard for attracting new talent, providing a positive work environment and staff retention. Our pro pet policy helps Nestlé and Purina stand out from the crowd”.
Purina Country Business Manager, Lal Meyer, is excited to be leading the call for more pet-friendly offices: “At Purina we know that people and pets are ‘better together’ and we’ve always supported having pets at work as we believe it helps enormously with promoting a healthy work-life balance for staff. Pets at work not only bring joy to the office but I’ve seen firsthand how they help with staff productivity.”
To get involved in Nestlé Purina PetCare’s Pets at Work initiative and for top tips about bringing pets to work, visit:http://www.purina.com.au/dogs/care/pets-at-work. Or to share your story, join the conversation with #PetsAtWork.
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