July 7 marks Purina Pets at Work Day – spreading the message of why bringing pets to work can be great for our health
Purina PetCare, with the support of the SPCA and the Mental Health Foundation, want to inspire more organisations to experience the undeniable benefits of bringing pets to work on Purina Pets at Work Day, Friday July 7.
Mental Health Foundation Chief Executive, Shaun Robinson, believes the extensive benefits pets have as stress-relievers in the workplace is a compelling reason for more organisations to consider becoming pet-friendly.
“Studies have shown that having pets in the office reduces stress and increases productivity. People who work in offices with pets also report finding their colleagues friendlier and more approachable,” Mr Robinson says.
A recent study conducted by Purina shows the top benefits of a pet-friendly workplace include smiling more, enhanced employee engagement, motivation and likability. More than 60 per cent of employees agreed they liked their employers more because they offered them this benefit.
In New Zealand, it is estimated that almost half a million Kiwis already enjoy a pet-friendly workplace, but there are many more people who currently can’t bring their pets, and would like to see that changed.
A special video has been produced which features four Kiwi workplaces and why having pets at work is better for both people and their pets.
Royal New Zealand SPCA Acting CEO, Andrea Midgen, is featured in the video and says that pet-friendly workplaces are as much a benefit to pets as they are to people.
“Animals love interaction and companionship, so bringing them to work allows them to meet new people, experience new situations and spend some quality time with their owner,” Ms Midgen says.
Having pets at work doesn’t have to be difficult. If you would like to bring your pets to work this Purina Pets at Work Day visit https://www.purina.co.nz/better-with-pets/pets-at-work/ for handy documents around authorisation, safety and etiquette.
Share your pets at work photos with #PetsAtWork.
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