Study Shows Office Dogs Reduce Worker Stress

By Norman Chan

This is not just a way of getting Chloe Bananas into the office.

According to a new study performed by psychiatrists at Virginia Commonwealth University, bringing dogs to the office may improve the overall mental well-being of the workplace. Speaking to NPR's health blog, researcher Sandra Barker--yes, how appropriate--claims that interaction with office dogs helps employees take a break from the natural stress that builds up during the workday, akin to taking a smoke break, but healthier.

From NPR's report:

Barker speculates that workplace pets could be a low-cost intervention to keep employees happier and healthier. But this only works, she admits, if the dogs in question are friendly, clean, and well-behaved.

I know one internet famous corgi that meets all three of those criteria.