Australian company lowers employee stress with dog scheme

A South Australian company has said workplace stress is significantly lower after it started to allow dogs into its office.

SACARE owns accommodation for people with mental illnesses and brain injuries and operates in a suburban office, according to Adelaide Now.

After reading about the success of dog-at-work schemes operated by large tech firms such as Google, Nokia and Dell the company decided to allow its employees to bring their much loved pooches into the workplace.

SACARE’s marketing communications manager Chloe Kempe said there were numerous studies showing that having pets in the office made people less stressed and more productive.

Ms Kempe stated: “We want to make sure we are a forward-thinking workplace. It’s a more broad minded way of looking at work-life balance.”

The Australian Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals found less than 25 per cent of employers in the country let their workers take pets into the office.

Well known proponents of the pets-at-work stress reduction scheme include Procter and Gamble, Amazon and Australian fashion firm Cotton On.

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