One of the emerging trends of last year was a dramatic surge in pet ownership. A staggering 3.2 million pets have been purchased since last March, the majority of which (57%) were dogs. With increased time spent at home and social restrictions, it is unsurprising that many people sought four legged companions for company. Dogs were a firm favourite as new members of the family with their feline counterparts the second most popular pet.
According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association, the majority of new owners are 16-34 year olds. Their Chief Deputy Executive, Nicole Paley says that ‘the companionship and joy pets can bring to people’s lives shouldn’t be under-estimated.’ In fact, 74% of new owners said their pet had helped their mental health whilst navigating uncharted territory of covid adaptations.
One of the main driving factors of the increase in pet ownership has been more time spent at home and increasingly flexible working structures. A consideration that many new owners face as restrictions ease and less time is spent at home dedicated to our four legged friends is, can they come to work with me? At WoW workspaces the answer is yes, as we have accommodated the choice for pet owners to bring their canine companions to work should they want to.
Take a look at some of the benefits of having your nearest and dearest four legged friend with you during the work day:
Inevitably, there are times where we all feel a little stressed out at work. Having a loyal and affectionate canine companion nearby for some reassurance and hugs can provide a much needed boost for those days!
Talking of which, they help you to take regular breaks. It’s easy to become so engrossed in a project that the working day passes us by and we look up from our screen wondering where the time went. Having a dog can help you take those much needed breaks, a breath of fresh air and a chance to stretch your legs!
Dogs and humans are social beings! Walking to your office with your dog will often spark up a conversation and is an instant ice breaker with new people- usually because a dog’s adorable face attracts people to stop and say hello! Fellow animal lovers will also have a chance to make (two) new friends and I’m sure they’ll want to receive regular pupdates.
In a similar vein, dogs increase trust amongst groups and encourage socialization. A study conducted by Central Michigan University found that groups of people with dogs reported higher levels of trust and cohesion amongst their peers.
Accommodating the community that we work with is important to us at WoW, which is why we welcome people to bring dogs into their space. As with any successful working relationship, there are rules in place to ensure both pets and people are protected, happy and comfortable. Factors such as whether someone in the space has a dog allergy or has a phobia are vital to ensure it works for everyone.
Is bringing your pet to work important to you? We’d love to know!