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By jvhvet on 3/04/2016 4:41 PM

The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the study involved 193 employees from 31 companies that allowed pets in the workplace.

The most important function that pets in the workplace served was to reduce stress on the part of the employees. The second function that the pets fulfilled was to facilitate social interactions both among employees and between employees and customers. In addition there was a feeling that having pets present in the workplace ultimately served as a sort of a symbol, helping to identify the company as being warm, sociable, and welcoming. The largest effect was on the employees who were actually bringing their pets to work with them, although positive effects were also found on those employees who did not.