A recent study by ZipRecruiter found that employees want office pets even more than raises, vacation time and other major benefits.
The survey studied 3,000 job applicants. Of those 3,000 applicants, 30% say it’s important that employers allow employees to bring their pets to the office with them.
The study also asked what employees would hypothetically give up in order to have pets in the office with them. 41% of applicants said they would give up free snacks for more dogs and cats. 30% of applicants said they’d be willing to give up catered meals. 17% even said that they would give up a paid vacation day if it meant they got to bring their good boys and girls to work.
It doesn’t stop there. 7% of applicants said that they would cut their salary by one percent if they could have more furry friends at their desk. And 3% of applicants said they would sacrifice a performance bonus in order for all the Spots and Fidos and Daisies to come to work.
Would you go so far just to have your pet at work with you?
Marie-José Enders studies the relationship between animals and humans at the Open University. According to her, office pets help lower employees’ cortisol levels. That means less stress!
“Not only does your cortisol level drop when you stroke a dog; you also produce more of the hormone oxytocin, which makes you feel more relaxed and happy,” she told Business Insider.
Does your employer allow pets at work? If not, don’t worry –– it looks like pet-friendly workplaces are becoming increasingly popular! Your office might become pet-friendly in no time at all.