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Revel in the Charm of a Dog-Friendly Office

Published: 29.01.24 | by Gayle Summers, Estate Administrator | 5 minute read

Spacious offices, a warm ambience, and friendly colleagues – they’re all enviable but what if we threw a wagging tail into the mix? Yes, we’re talking about dog-friendly offices.

Here at The Nostell Estate, all of our offices welcome four-legged friends. We already have an array of dogs, from small pups to full-grown canines, that come to work with their respective humans every day.

This trend has taken the corporate world by storm, altering the way we perceive workplace environments. Let’s dive headfirst into the benefits of these unique office spaces.

The benefits of canine companionship in the workplace

You may wonder, why dogs? Aren’t they a distraction? Far from it! Having dogs around can manifest multiple benefits:

  • Increase Productivity: Sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? However, a study from Washington State University found that canine companions can reduce stress levels, leading to higher productivity and job satisfaction.
  • Boost Team Morale: Dogs are natural ice-breakers. They can draw people out of their shells, leading to stronger team dynamics and collaborations.
  • Promote Well-being: Regular walks help employees stay active, encouraging a healthier lifestyle. Not to mention the countless benefits that exercise can bring to both the physical and mental health of your team. Luckily for us, we have the Nostell Priory parklands right on our doorstep! 

Let’s not forget about the sheer joy of having those canine companions around, putting smiles on everyone’s faces!

12 Million UK Households Have a Dog

It seems our furry friends have been winning our hearts across the UK following a rapid increase over the pandemic of around 24%, according to Statista. There are now an astounding 12 million households with a dog in the UK! 

But that’s not all. Dogs Trust conducted a national survey that drew in 350,000 responses. This revealed that more than a third of these new dog owners were working from home when they welcomed a dog into their lives. And here’s the kicker – over 55,000 of them expressed a desire to bring their beloved pet back to work with them. 

So, what’s the solution for these dog-loving workers? Well, we’ve got it covered…

The Nostell Estate’s tailored amenities for dogs

Here at The Nostell Estate, we are mindful of creating the perfect space for both human and canine workers. After all, happy dogs make for happier workers. So, what’s on offer?

  • Dog Showers: If you want to make use of the beautiful Nostell surroundings but don’t want to bring mud back into your office – we have the perfect solution for you! In the Walled Garden, we have a dog shower, ideal for hosing down those muddy paws. 
  • Dog Waste Bins: You’ll find dog waste bins conveniently dotted around the estate. It’s just one of the ways we’re making sure our lovely business park stays clean and fresh!
  • Nostell Parklands Right on your Doorstep: Stroll through the gates of the Estate Yard, and you’ll happen upon the National Trust Nostell, an 18th-century treasure house with landscaped parklands and gardens. The 330 unspoilt acres are sure to get those tails wagging!
  • Dog-friendly On-site Cafe: Nestled within the heart of the Nostell Estate, you’ll find our charming cafe, Meridian. This isn’t just any cafe though! It’s a haven for dog lovers and their pets alike. Here, tenants can enjoy a relaxing cup of tea and bacon butty while their beloved pets indulge in a special treat of their own – a pup cup.

Meet the Nostell Estate’s four-legged residents

Next, let’s turn our attention towards the residents of Nostell’s dog-friendly offices. Imagine being greeted by an adorable cocker spaniel, an energetic golden labrador, or perhaps a regal wire-haired vizsla every time you walk through the doors. Mix business with tail wags and you’ve got yourself an office environment that’s a treat to be a part of.

In the end, it all boils down to creating a comfortable workplace that caters to the well-being of its employees – and if that includes accommodating their furry friends, then why not? After all, who wouldn’t love some extra wags, barks, and licks to liven up their daily grind?

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