by Natalie Temple
Dec 22, 2021
You may have seen us on Cornwall Live recently talking all about the peaky pups and why we love having them as part of our team. We invited the Cornwall Live team into our Penryn office to see how a typical day with the dogs unfolds. We also saw coverage across numerous business publications such as HR News and Employer News, talking with Natalie (Peaky Digital Managing Director) and discussing how having dogs in the workplace affects day to day life in the office.
Here at Peaky, we adopted a dog-friendly office since long before the pandemic, with a pet-friendly policy in place for the whole team, as we believe that having dogs in the office is the key to success.
Not only do dogs increase a sense of morale and happiness within the office, but they also offer flexibility for its employees. Allowing for more flexibility creates a better work environment and helps to encourage workers back into the office.
A study by The Virginia Commonwealth University aimed to analyse whether there were differences in work stress, job satisfaction, organisational commitment and support between employees who brought their dogs into the office and those who didn’t. The study found that when a dog was present in the office, stress levels were significantly lower than usual – employees as a whole were also found to have had higher job satisfaction than normal. As unique dog-related communication was higher, this may have contributed to increased organisational commitment and support between employees.
At Peaky, we love having dogs in the office because it gives us a chance to step away from our screens and relax for a moment because what’s better than cuddling up to a Peaky pup. In our Penryn office, we usually have between 2-4 dogs running around each day, to boost team morale and to always put a smile on our faces.
Natalie MD at Peaky said “As long as everyone’s dogs are friendly and well behaved, they’re more than welcome in the office! I’ve found it wonderful for increasing staff morale, encouraging communication between the Peaky team and a great excuse to get us out walking from time to time. I’ve seen an improvement in work culture since introducing the policy, and firmly believe it’s contributed towards overall success.”
At Peaky Digital, we’re constantly evolving and adapting to create a working environment that allows our employees to grow and develop whilst encouraging staff to have fun in the workplace, and working in a dog-friendly office helps us achieve this. To keep up to date with our latest business developments, be sure to follow us on social media and check out our insights which we regularly update with the latest news here at Peaky.
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