Yipee! Tomorrow is bring your dog to work day
The excitement here at HiLife is mounting, as we eagerly anticipate our favourite day of the year…Bring Your Dog to Work Day!
The initiative was dreamed up in 2014 by cruelty-free dog product manufacturer HOWND, when an office move meant that they were only able to bring their dogs to work for one day of the year.
Spotting an opportunity to raise money for charity, and truly believing in the benefits that having a pooch to pet brings to the workplace, HOWND founders Jo and Mark Amit launched the concept nationally, and it is now being embraced by thousands of businesses across the UK.
We are lucky enough to have Molly the dog as our office companion here at HiLife, so we know first hand how beneficial her presence can be.
There is scientific proof to the benefits of an office dog, too, with various studies showing that bringing a dog to work can improve productivity and reduce stress.
“There is a myriad of benefits to having the presence of dogs in the working environment,” explains Jo.
“Just interacting with these wonderful animals can help reduce stress levels and blood pressure. I’ve never seen an unhappy office dog, only unhappy employees who have to leave their beloveds at home.”
Employees that bring their dog into the office give a small contribution that goes towards the charities that the initiative has chosen to support. This year, Bring Your Dog To Work Day is supporting two organisations.
All Dogs Matter is a rescue charity that rehomes over 300 dogs annually in and around London, whilst international charity Animals Asia is dedicated to reducing harm to dogs and cats in China and Vietnam, and putting an end to the cruel practice of bear bile farming.