Consulting firm encourages employees to bring dogs to work

The 17th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day was Friday. The idea was conceived by pet sitters international and is supposed to be a way to promote animal adoption.

One valley business is taking it a step further and making it about animal and people wellness.

When you walk into Serendipit Consulting in Phoenix, chances are you will be greeted by 7-week-old Maximus, a pit bull pup hanging out under mom's desk.

"It's great having him here because I get to watch him, spend some more time with him," said Human Resources Manager Ariana Morales.

If you ask him, Maximus will likely say the same. Take Your Dog to Work Day gives him something to bark about.

"I think for him, maybe it's a sense of belonging and you know, I'm with mom. He's a happy pup," said Morales.

The pups aren't the only ones happy, employees love having dogs around and that's why at Serendipit, it's become an everyday occurrence.

"It started when Ranger, now two, was just a pup. Dad Andrew Leger, an account executive, started bringing him in.

"We were helping really potty train him, get him used to people. If you bring him in almost every week, he actually learned to walk upstairs," said Leger.

A recent study from the Virginia Commonwealth University found that employees who brought their dogs to work experienced lower stress levels throughout the work day, reported higher levels of job satisfaction and had a more positive perception of their employer.

Morales says that also rings true for clients.

"For people, it's a joy to see a pup when they walk in the door. Everybody always smiles," said Morales.  

As the staff grew, Serendipit created a schedule in an effort to allow everyone a turn to bring their dog to work and maintain productivity. Rosie, Yoshi and Charlie will all tell you it's working and so will their fur-parents.
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