Maryborough store owner Mark Crossley has been taking his dog Bonsai to work for the past year.
Maryborough store owner Mark Crossley has been taking his dog Bonsai to work for the past year. Megan Pope

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."


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