Paws for thought: Dogs in the workplace.

By Paige O'Grady   |   1st November 2017

Our client and home The Sharp Project celebrated Halloween this year with a focus on man’s best friend…dogs!

#Hallowoof saw tenants of Sharp dressing up their pups for the chance to be crowned the winner of the best fancy dress costume, with children and smaller animals allowed in on the fun too.

Photo credit: The Sharp Project Twitter & M20 Photography 

For me, one of the things I love about working in The Sharp Project is how they encourage dogs in the workplace. It’s not usual to see a number of dogs over the course of the day and I’ve already met most of the locals.

My dog Shadow is Bird’s newest resident and it’s great being able to bring him into the office.

An article in The Guardian explains the benefits of having a dog in the workplace.

Stephen Colarelli, one of the psychologists at Central Michigan University says that they;

  • Lower stress, heart rate and blood pressure, and make individuals who work alone feel less lonely

  • People are perceived as more friendly and approachable when a dog is present in the office

  • It’s likely to increase cooperation and other positive behaviours among members of workgroups

I couldn’t agree more.

I firmly believe that dogs play a part in relieving day-to-day stresses and anxiety in work, and it’s encouraging when I see in the news that bringing your dog to work is becoming more common.

Shadow will greet the team with a tail wag and face lick before finding a comfy floor space, usually under a desk, to fall asleep. We will all laugh at his disobedience to listening to what I say; especially when it comes to stealing everyone’s litter and plastic bottles …he’s tried to steal a few sandwiches too.

He can’t answer the phone or write a press release, but he’ll always bring a smile to everyone’s face, which is gold dust when you’re deep in deadlines.