Critters in the cube farm: perceived psychological and organizational effects of pets in the workplace

J Occup Health Psychol. 2001 Jan;6(1):81-7.


This article reports the findings of an exploratory study examining the perceived functions and psychological and organizational effects of pets in the workplace. Participants were 193 employees from 31 companies allowing pets in the workplace who completed anonymous questionnaires. Results indicated that participants perceived pets in the workplace to reduce stress and to positively affect employee health and the organization. Participants who brought their pets to work perceived greater benefits than participants who did not bring their pets to work and participants who did not own pets.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic / psychology*
  • Cats
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Dogs
  • Female
  • Human-Animal Bond*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Organizational Culture
  • Social Facilitation
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Stress, Psychological / epidemiology
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workplace / psychology*