If you work for a large company, chances are there's pretty strict rules banning you from bringing your dog to the office. That might make sense from the point of view of the cleaners, but having a dog around can actually help when it comes to collaboration.
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Psychology Today reports on a study conducted by Central Michigan University, where small groups were assessed on their ability to perform two group-oriented tasks with or without a dog present. Having a dog around appeared to produce better co-operation:
The researchers found that the groups who had a dog hanging around -- wagging its tail and acting doglike while they wrote their mock ads -- ranked higher on qualities of trust, team cohesion, and intimacy than the teams who were dogless.
Obviously that's only one study, and canine-phobic workers are likely to freak out so badly that any team-building benefits could be offset. Had your own positive canine experience in the office? Tell us about it in the comments.
New Study Suggests Bringing Dogs to Work May Increase Social Cohesion [Psychology Today]