Dogs have added a new dimension to workplaces today after being welcomed into offices around the county for Bring Your Dog To Work Day.
People took to social media to share photos of their canine friends at desks, in meetings, reading books and meeting colleagues.
Residents at Thameside Care Home had a visit from two regulars. Emily, an employee, said: “The dogs bring so much joy to our residents. Even people who previously did not like dogs so much before having dementia enjoy time with them.”
But having a pet in the office is not a novelty for everyone and some workplaces have a resident dog.
Accountancy firm Danbro tweeted a photo of their dog Alfie and said: “He’s only tiny but with his larger than life personality – not to mention dashing good looks, of course – Alfie the Danbro Dog makes his presence felt at Jubilee House.
“He brightens up the atmosphere in the office and makes everyone smile when he’s around.”
The day was established in 2014 to raise money for charities dedicated to improving welfare for dogs, but organisations have emphasised the positive impact it can have on staff too.
Caroline Kisko, secretary at The Kennel Club, said: “Every day is bring your dog to work day at The Kennel Club and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Companies are barking mad to ignore the advantages that canine colleagues can bring to staff and the workplace – they improve morale, encourage socialisation among staff, and it’s scientifically proven dogs lower stress, heart rate and blood pressure.”