High levels of cortisol are a killer

I wonder if you could use the argument that your job is killing you so you should be allowed to bring your dog to work every day?

The researchers did not observe a difference between the three employee groups on stress hormone levels, which was measured via a saliva sample, in the morning, but during the course of the work day, self-reported stress declined for employees with their dogs present and increased for non-pet owners and dog owners who did not bring their dogs to work. The team noted that stress significantly rose during the day when owners left their dogs at home compared to days they brought them to work.

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Benefits of taking Fido to work may not be far 'fetched'
Man's best friend may make a positive difference in the workplace by reducing stress and making the job more satisfying for other employees, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University study.

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  1. Pam Adger says:

    What about those who are allergic?

  2. Chris George says:

    +Pam Adger Good point.

    Difficult question though. Do we statistically kill the many to protect the one?

  3. Andrew Ragland says:

    What we do is address the cause instead of the symptom. Reduce the stress of the job instead of resorting to palliatives. If your work sucks less, you won't need the dog.

  4. Pam Adger says:

    Yes. They restrict perfume and lotion use for the one person in our office who has some vague chemical sensitivity.

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