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Many enlightened companies are encouraging employees to bring their animal companions to work. Pets in the workplace is not an entirely new concept. Here and there, offices and business places had a token pet roaming the halls and sleeping on file cabinets. These special animals mainly belonged to the business owner or were in small offices and never seen by the public. What's new is that the idea is becoming more mainstream. In large workplaces, it's not unusual to have 20 or 30 pets strolling around the area. They also may be visiting with various employees as well as sitting with their owners. Most pet parents are well aware of the advantages of having a pet and how their animals can help them relax and overcome stress. Recent studies have shown that what works for the individual or families at home also works collectively in the workplace. Just as one person's bad mood can pass off to other people, so can a smile or cheerfulness become a day-brightener. Not many people can resist a chuckle or smile at the antics of animals. Just looking at their happy faces and wagging tails brings a good feeling. It can also bring an atmosphere of relaxation.

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