There are a variety of studies that show that pets can reduce stress, ease tension and increase creativity and social interaction.
These are all qualities that most workers, and bosses, would find attractive in a workplace. So it makes sense that, if the environment was right, pets could help to improve workplaces.
I love visiting my vet and having a play with the resident dog. And when we had some remodeling done to our house, the carpenter had his dog with him everyday. A local physiotherapist has just installed a small aquarium to add some "life" to the office. Pets in a business can also create a memorable experience for the customer.
Do you think pets should be allowed at work? Are you lucky enough to be able to bring your pet to work?
I think for the right animal and the right environment, this should be great. For the wrong animal however it could be a disaster. Maybe we need a service in the work place akin to therapy dogs that visit hospitals and aged care facilities - they come to your work and you get to pat a dog for 15 mins to relax.
This sounds similar to something I had at my primary school. When I was five, our teacher had a pet hamster, which she kept in the classroom, and each week she would allow one child to take it home to look after.
If the workplace had a resident pet then I think it could be beneficial, but not for everyone to bring their pet into work. Unless the workplace had something like a doggy daycare.
I think that the idea of a workplace pet sounds nice; like maybe a few really tame inside only cats to show some affection whilst you go about a stressful task on the computer; or a tradie having a dog companion when working alone in certain environments.