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Pets at work 'can reduce stress'

Monday, 20th June 2011

Employers may want to think about investing in pet food as having an animal in the office can help to reduce stress and improve efficiency.

Such is the opinion of Terri Bodell, a consultant clinical psychotherapist and stress expert, who told the Guardian about the benefits of having a pet in the office.

She told the news provider: "Pets at work can help employees to relax, reduce heart rate and lower blood pressure, which can decrease absenteeism and improve staff morale.

"Not only that, but employees that take a break to walk their dog seem to return to work in a more productive and positive frame of mind."

Ms Bodell added that having a pet around can help office dynamics by promoting social interaction.

Her comments come as the US is getting set to hold Take Your Dog to Work Day, which will take place on June 24th.

The annual event first took place in 1999 and it is run by Pet Sitters International.