One Chinese company has found a way to bust its employees stress: let them bring their pets to work.
What started as a one-off ‘fun day’ has become an agency-wide rule after the boss noticed that employees were more relaxed and bonded with each other over their pets.
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Zhao Congchong, who heads up the online advertising agency in the Changning district of Shanghai, explained, “As a pet lover myself, I know what a difference it can make to have it around.
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“But I also know it can have a negative impact on productivity,” he added, “So I did not make this decision lightly."
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After consulting with the staff, he agreed to allow pets in the office every day, and now dogs, cats, and guinea pigs run wild between the office chairs.
Zhao added: "Right now the animals just roam freely amongst our staff – they really do make our work less stressful.
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"But I plan on allocating an office as a specialised pet area in the future, so they can play and rest on their own."
Reports said a number of other start-up companies are now considering a similar policy as well.
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