Top dog wanted

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn residents who take their dog to work are being urged to enter their canine companion into the New Zealand’s Top Office Dog competition.

The competition was instigated in 2015 by Frog Recruitment following a survey which found that over half of the companies surveyed regularly had canine visitors.

Frog Recruitment director Jane Kennelly says the competition highlights the benefits of bringing a dog to work.

“It’s well documented that allowing pets, particularly dogs, in the office is not just helping out their owners.

t’s bringing positive benefits to the workplace, including improved morale, reduced absenteeism and stressrelated illnesses, and is helping with improving employees’ mental health.”

Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand chief executive Shaun Robinson said there is evidence to support what people feel instinctively, that having pets around the office makes people feel happier and more relaxed.

“Feeling happy and relaxed flows on to how we work and relate. I know in my own experience that when staff brings dogs into the office it makes the whole place a more emotionally warm environment and expresses that we are fully human at work,” Mr Robinson said.

To enter, like Frog Recruitment on Instagram, upload a picture of your workplace dog using the hashtag #nztopdog. Include the name of the dog, business name and reason for nomination in the comments box. Entries must be received by September 13.

As well as receiving the coveted NZ Top Office Dog trophy the winning pooch will receive pet insurance for a year, flea treatment for 12 months and a $500 Animates voucher.