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Nestlé's Head of HR: Why you should have a dog-friendly office

Nestlé's Head of HR: Why you should have a dog-friendly office

Last week saw dog lovers celebrating ‘Bring your dog to work day’, which saw employees up and down the country relish in the delight of having their four-legged furry friends in the office.

Aside from having a pooch to cuddle, admire, or play with on your lunch break, there’s a real business case for enabling pets to be a permanent fixture at work. 

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  • Alchemist
    Alchemist
    Tue, 1 Aug 2017 12:08pm BST
    having worked in a range of environments- the few where dogs have been present (guide dogs) have bern enhanced by their presence.
    at least there's _someone_ in the room who has empathy and is pleased to see everyone...
  • Doggy De-stress
    Doggy De-stress
    Wed, 5 Jul 2017 4:28pm BST
    Fantastic comments here. It's what made me set up Doggy De-stress Ltd. Creating an office dog policy can be quite a headache for HR departments. Bringing random pet dogs in to the office, some of which will never have met before can be a recipe for doggy chaos and not fair on the 'cat people' in the office, or those who just don't like pets. The thought of a dog also sends Health and Safety departments in big organisations in to a meltdown and means the idea gets thrown out of the blue sky thinking bin straight away.

    We choose our dogs specifically for their de-stressing skills. They all know each other very well, and they're not going to scare the life out of those who are unsure about dogs. We are the controlled alternative version to an office dog policy. We visit on your terms and arrive with the mission to give staff 15 minutes time slots of doggy de-stress time, then we leave you to your work with only a few dog hairs to show we've been.

    The science shows that stroking and cuddling dogs is beneficial to stress levels, blood pressure and heart rate. It's time to move on from the predictable 'free fruit and cereal' approach to health and wellbeing in the workplace and bring in the dogs for some de-stressing team bonding fun.

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