Many Americans find comfort in coming home from a long day of work and greeting their dog. The unconditional love of a pet can be a legitimate source of stress relief for professionals.
In some offices throughout the U.S., managers are allowing canines to roam company property to provide a much-needed distraction in an otherwise tension-filled work environment. According to the Baltimore Sun, bringing your pet to work is a growing trend in the U.S.
Companies such as Amazon and Google welcome dogs in the office, the news provider reports. Replacements Ltd., the nation's largest vendor of china and crystal, also allows workers to bring their pets to work.
A survey by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA) revealed that one in five companies allows pets. Approximately 3 percent of dog owners surveyed said they have brought their dogs to work on up to a couple of dozen occasions.
"From an employer standpoint in this era of benefit-cutting, this is something employees value, but costs us nothing to provide," Jennifer Fearing, the director of the Humane Society's California operations, told the media outlet.
Roughly 70 million Americans believe having pets in the workplace helps reduce stress levels, according to the APPMA survey.