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Business Owners: Should You Allow Pets in the Workplace?

Offering a “bring your pet to work” policy might be more than just a nice-sounding benefit: It could actually lower your employees’ stress and make other workers feel more satisfied with their jobs, according to a study by Virginia Commonwealth University.

“Allowing workers to bring their pets to work is a very simple way to engage positively with your employees,” says Mallary Tytel, president and founder of Healthy Workplaces, LLC, a South Dakota-based management-consulting firm. “We’re finding that more and more companies – both large and small – are allowing pets in their workplaces with really positive results.” Tytel says many firms report lower employee stress levels, less absenteeism, and higher staff morale when pets are present.

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