Buddy The Pugalier has been part of the Greybridge Team for three years now. Having Buddy hang out in our office on a daily basis not only helps out his owner, as she doesn’t have to leave him pining at home on his own – but has many benefits for the rest of us as well.

1) Gets Us Out of the Office – the culture at Greybridge is one where you are encouraged to take breaks, go to the gym at lunchtime or at least take a breather. All of this definitely has a positive impact on the team’s productivity. Having Buddy around means we definitely do this. We’re lucky enough to be located near Jephson Garden, where we take it in turns to walk him (and allow him to do his business). With this lovely area of greenery just around the corner, complete with delicious coffee and cakes from The Aviary, it’s hard not to concede to Buddy when he’s giving us one of his ‘take me out’ begging looks.

2) Good For your Health – Having a dog around is known to actually reduce stress. Yes that’s right! It’s been scientifically proven that playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of oxytocin, a stress-reducing hormone and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol. Who can argue with Science?

3) Encourages Employee Loyalty – Dogs in particular really don’t like being left alone all day. With forward thinking employers allowing staff to bring in their pets, you really are making life easier for your employees. Hopefully, they will in turn thank you for this with their loyalty, hard work and eternal gratitude!

4) A Tidier Workspace – It’s hard not to spoil our lovable four-legged friend with little treats or sharing our lunch with him. He’s also great at cleaning up the office for us should we accidently drop any crumbs* on the floor! *we never feed Buddy with anything that may cause him harm.

5) Plant Life – It’s not only pets that we are a big fan of, our array of office plants provide colour, increased oxygen and a more attractive working environment for all of us. There has been lots of studies to prove that having a greener workspace can have a really positive impact on employee’s performance and morale at work. For instance, an Exeter University study found that employees were 15% more productive when working in a ‘green’ office than their peers in more spartan environments. The research showed plants in the office significantly increased workplace satisfaction, self-reported levels of concentration, and perceived air quality.

It’s easy to overlook the small things, does a plant or a pug really make a difference to overall staff happiness, wellbeing and productivity? When you spend at least 37.5 hours per week in an office, it is often the smaller things that can turn an employee’s day around. As a business owner, one of the wisest things you can actually do is bring a little bit of home into the office environment, not only for the health of your employees, but for the financial health of your company.