It's now official - you're better at your job when you can cuddle dogs at work.
While many having been saying this for generations, it's now finally been confirmed by science that having a very good doggo in your office will make you work better, and feel better.
According to a recent study by Virginia Commonwealth University, people who brought their dogs to work had a higher level of satisfaction in their work, and had a much more positive outlook on their day.
The study also reveals that people who bring in their pooches experience significantly lower stress levels, and are more productive with their dogs next to them, than people who were without.
The results even discovered that when a dog was in the office, workers had more of a positive perception of their boss, having nicer things to say about them than on days without pups there.
Central Michigan University also conducted a similar study with their research revealing that bringing in dogs to work meetings can improve employees' emotional states, as well as encouraging communication and cooperation within a team.
The university's psychology professor, Stephen Colarelli explains, "When work teams are first formed, it often takes a while for people to get comfortable with each other. But having a dog in the room seems to put people more at ease."
And if there's any hesitation around the feasability of this, you only need to look at Nestlé’s PAW (Pets at Work) program in its City Place headquarters in the US. If a staff member wants to bring their dog in on a daily basis, they complete the company’s three-step “pawthorisation” process: a detailed questionnaire on their dog's habits and behaviour both at home, and in the office.
Once cleared by an independent dog specialist, the canine colleague gets its own “passpawt" and can trot into HQ, attend meetings or roll around in their specifically designed garden, Central Bark.
Since its opening in 2016, the program has been so successful that it's now spread to its UK offices, as well as inspiring other companies to open their doors to good doggos.