A team of five researchers led by professor Randolph T. Barker of Virginia Commonwealth University's business school found many benefits of dogs in the workplace, such as to increase productivity. The benefits of dogs at work can help to reduce stress levels for their owners. Dogs can also help to increase work satisfaction for other employees in the same workplace. The research study is being published by the International Journal of Workplace Health Management.
The latest study was based on sample of 76 volunteers who work at Replacements Ltd., a dinnerware manufacturer located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The size of the company is about 550 employees who were allowed to bring their dogs to their workplace. Using a timeframe of a week, researchers conducted the study using the sample of 76 volunteers.
Researchers divided all samples into three groups. First group included employees who brought their dog to the workplace. Second group included employees who owned a dog but kept the dog at home. Third group included employees who did not own a dog. Using saliva tests to checking stress hormone levels, the results showed that stress levels for the first group of employees who brought their dog to work fell significantly compared the second group who kept their dogs at home and the third group who did not own a dog at all.