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A survey found that nearly half of remote workers think dogs in the office is a good policy. Photo by Meruyert Gonullu from Pexels.
A survey found that nearly half of remote workers think dogs in the office is a good policy. Photo by Meruyert Gonullu from Pexels.

Nearly half of home workers favour a policy that allows dogs in the office, a recent survey has found.

A new report by PowWowNow revealed that 45 per cent of remote workers are in favour of a policy that allows dogs in the office.

The online meeting provider polled people who work from home and use video conference calls for their jobs to reveal what people think about having dogs in the workplace.

It also showed that 45 per cent are also more likely to apply for a job at a company that allows dogs in the workplace.

As dog sales soared during the pandemic, with people soon to be returning to the office, many new dog owners are having to think about what they will do with their dogs once offices reopen. The findings revealed that nearly half (45 per cent) of remote workers think dogs in the office is a good policy.

The findings also show that 62 per cent of those surveyed had been interrupted on a work video call by a dog, with almost a third (32 per cent) saying it had or would make them happier.

Whilst they may be good for some people’s happiness levels, 18 per cent wouldn’t appreciate a dog disrupting their work meeting. When it comes to improvement in work output, the findings also reveal that many felt their productivity and focus would be negatively impacted by a dog interrupting a work call.

Women more likely than men to apply for a job that allows dogs in the workplace

Over half (52 per cent) of women think allowing dogs in the office is a good policy compared to men (37 per cent). Women (51 per cent) are also more likely than men (37 per cent) to apply for a job at a company that allow dogs in the workplace.

According to the research, the top five professions in favour of a policy that allows dogs in the office are as follows:

Meanwhile, those who work in legal professions (55 per cent) are most against dogs in the office.

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