34% believe pets in workplace boost health

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Something for the weekend…

Around a third (34%) of employees believe that having pets in the workplace boosts health and happiness, according to research by pet food provider Purina.

Its survey of 2,000 employees who do not usually work from home, also found that 26% of respondents believe having pets in their place of work would encourage more physical activity, 17% think it would reduce blood pressure and cholesterol level, and 14% say it would increase engagement and motivation.

The research also found:

  • 82% of workplaces do not currently allow dogs, but 50% of respondents would bring their dog to work if they were allowed.
  • Around half (47%) of respondents aged between 18 and 24 believe that having pets in the workplace is an incentive to work for an organisation.

Richard Watson, regional director at Purina, said: “We wholeheartedly believe that people and pets are better together, and being at work should not stand in the way of that. It boosts employee morale, encourages more physical activity and helps us create a stimulating environment where our people are happy, have fun and can perform at their best.”

The Employee Benefits team is keen to bring some furry friends into EB HQ!