Man's best friend helps out at work
BRINGING your dog to work is a great way to get more motivated - just ask Maryborough store owner Mark Crossley.
The independent business owner has been taking his dog Bonsai to work for more than a year, and says he isn't about to stop.
"He keeps me company all day," Mr Crossley said.
"He is also really good at breaking the ice with customers, and is a good talking point too."
Mr Crossley said he couldn't imagine his workplace without his little friend, and said he didn't plan to get rid of him anytime soon.
"Bonsai is a chihuahua cross, so he is small enough to take to work," he said.
"Everyone should give it a go, but I guess it would depend on the job."
Online vet Dr Mark Perissinotto from VetShop Australia said workplaces across Australia should adopt the pet-friendly environment in a step towards reducing stress at work.
"Studies show that pets in the workplace can increase employee productivity, co-operation levels and even reduce stress," Mr Perissinotto said.
"Our workplace has had 13 years of experience working with pets, so we know that having a pet-friendly workplace is beneficial to both people and their pets."
Dr Perissinotto said pet owners should assess their own pets' suitability before taking them into a workplace environment.
"Pets can help to construct a positive industrious environment.
"Dogs are being taken into school to help children learn to read, as they help to create a non-threatening atmosphere for children," he said.
"So it makes sense that having a dog in your workplace will help to create a supportive workplace too."