3. Lower healthcare costs
Pets in the workplace are just as much a positive for employees as they are for employers. As animal interaction helps keep us healthy in the long run, overall healthcare costs are largely reduced.
A report from the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI)shows how pet ownership may save as much as $11.7 billion a year in medical fees, among an estimated 132.8 million pet owners.
As USC maintains, “Pets can now be identified as a proactive method of staying healthy and avoiding health issues, thus saving money on a personal, professional, governmental, and medical scale.”
2. Improve productivity
According to a report published by the National Institutes of Health, stress reduction is a definite benefit of pets in the workplace, but possibly only a precursor to improved focus, concentration, and performance. A test was performed on 48 individuals with high blood pressure. They all received medication for their condition, but half of the participants were told to get a pet.
For the next six months, they performed mentally strenuous tasks, like reading and math. Those without pets performed the tests alone, those with pets, brought their furry friends along.
“Subjects who had acquired pets showed significantly greater improvements in their performance of the arithmetic and speech tasks compared with those who had not,” the researchers wrote. “There were also significant physiological differences between the groups at the six-month follow-up; those with pets had statistically significantly lower mean heart rates and lower mean systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The researchers frame these performance-enhancing and stress-decreasing responses in the presence of pets as a form of social support.”
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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