Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University studied 75 people working at a manufacturing company. For one week, 20 to 30 of them were allowed to bring their dogs into work so researchers could monitor the effects on everyone’s stress levels.
Saliva samples were taken from all employees throughout the day so levels of stress hormones could be measured. As the day progressed, the stress levels appeared to reduce in people who brought their pets; however, stress levels rose in people who did not bring their pets as well as those who did not own pets.
Moral levels rose among all employees, whether their pets were present or not. Randolph Barker, who led the study, said: “The differences in perceived stress between days the dog was present and absent were significant. The employees as a whole had higher job satisfaction than industry norms.”
The study has been published in the International Journal of Workplace Health and Management.
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