Office dogs could be the key to employee happiness


According to a survey, office dogs could be key to keeping your team happy and engaged. Daniel Pope, CEO of Toro Recruitment, is a canine father to two Samoyed puppies who frequently visit the recruitment firm’s Fareham office and are referred to as the firm’s mascots.

Polly and Luna, Chief and Assistant Wellbeing Officers, play a key role in Daniel’s strategy to improve and support his team’s mental health and wellbeing. Daniel conducted a survey among the team to determine the impact having dogs in the workplace had on them.

Office Dogs
Polly and Luna

The poll found that more than three-quarters (77.8 percent) of them felt their mood improved when the puppies were in the office. 66.7 percent were drawn to apply for their job at Toro Recruitment because of the dogs. Almost half (44.4 percent) accepted their job offer because of the dogs.

The same percentage of people said they would choose to work in the office rather than work from home if they knew the puppies would be there.

When asked if they think dogs in the office have a positive effect on the team, 88.8 percent voted yes or maybe. A total of 66.7 percent would recommend dogs as office colleagues to other companies.

Daniel said: “We really care about the well-being of our team and have put in place many protocols to ensure they know what they are being offered to support their mental health, e.g. E.g. mental health training for the whole team.”

Daniel encourages other employers to hire their dogs to improve employee well-being.

He said: “The girls have always been well received and it’s nice to know that they are a positive influence on the team. It’s a small thing, but if you have a dog or dogs and they can come into the office a few days a week and the team is happy with that, then why not? Now that everything is going on in the world and mental health is on the decline more than ever, every little bit helps and I think it’s a thing worth thinking about. Office dogs could be the key to employee happiness

Fry Electronics Team

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