Back when we were in school, many of us had classroom pets. From silk worms and stick insects to hamsters and rabbits; kids are taught responsibility and animal care in a fun learning environment. Whereas my grade six class, for example, learnt about death after our frogs sadly died over the weekend. But should this practise extend to the workplace?
Clinical psychotherapist and stress expert, Terri Bodell, believes that pets in the workplace help employees to relax; which reduces stress levels (including lowering the heart rate and blood pressure). This results in lower absenteeism and higher morale! One company decided to get office cats and their idea went viral after a cute video was posted on Reddit.
Captioned, "Office kittens, Debit and Credit, were working hard today!" the video soon went viral; with people loving the office's latest employees.
There are psychological benefits to having animals around--the fact that they help reduce stress is a definite bonus!
Though they probably increase a person's willingness to nap!
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