June 24th is #BringYourDogToWorkDay but at Breathe we have the pleasure of a four legged friend in the office every day of the week.
Meet Pip, our resident Bichon Frise. Inspired by our clients, Nestle Purina, and their well thought through dogs at work policy, we decided to follow suit, and we’ve really felt the benefits; from increased productivity as a result of enforced breaks for dog walks to the major de-stressing effect of a quick cuddle and tummy tickle.
Not that we need ‘proof’, but the International Journal of Workplace Health Management found that access to dogs was a calming influence and reduced stress levels, whether people had access to their own pets or other people’s.
We love that we’re able to do this. Nestle Purina’s research showed that 82% of workplaces don’t allow dogs, but 50% of us would bring our dogs to work if they were allowed.
And most importantly, Pip loves it here; snuggled on his dog bed, he’s happy to get attention from all of our team….now if only he could write a good recruitment questionnaire!