Friday is Take Your Dog To Work Day

(ABC NEWS) – If you see wagging tails and hear barks in your office Friday, you are not imagining things.

Offices around the world will be full of four-legged furry co-workers to celebrate "Take Your Dog to Work Day."

The annual event was started by Pet Sitters International (PSI), an educational association for professional pet sitters, 20 years ago as a way to promote dog adoptions.

The day, which is always celebrated the Friday after Father’s Day, is intended to show the great companions dogs make. Some companies partner with local rescue groups and animal shelters to bring adoptable dogs into the office, according to PSI.

Some companies, like Amazon, allow dogs in the office 365 days a year.

Some of the most talked-about benefits of pets in the workplace include a better work-life balance, better communication among employees, improved morale, better recruiting for employers and fewer absences among employees.

In at least one study, employees who brought their dogs to work were found to also have reduced stress throughout the day compared to their colleagues without pets.

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