Taking your dog to work is a growing trend

I just read a really nice article about the advantages from the employers side of letting people bring their dogs to work.

A recent survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association found that the benefits are quite substantial.

* 66 percent of dog owners said they’d work longer hours if their dogs could join them at work. Almost half would switch jobs, and 44 percent would take a salary cut for the perk.

* Great retention tool. Dog-friendly companies hang onto their employees. Since the vast majority of businesses, especially larger ones, don’t permit pooches, those who land jobs with dog-friendly companies tend to stay on.

* Dogs rarely cause problems at work.

* * Dogs at work are stress-busting team-builders. Petting a dog has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce stress. When dogs show up at work, they tend to be social lubricants that bring people together and attract lots of pats.