Your Tax Shop, based in the heart of Ashton-under-Lyne’s town centre, has noticed that there is a growing trend of businesses allowing employees to bring their own pets or introducing office pets into the workplace.

A common determining factor for those businesses who allow office pets to work is the positive impact this can have on morale. Your Tax Shop now have an office hamster and have noticed these positive effects first hand. Several studies have shown that being in close contact with animals can be beneficial for an individual’s mental health, helping to reduce stress by creating a comforting environment. Therefore, Your Tax Shop advise that you should bare this in mind as it may lead to increased productivity levels.

Your Tax Shop, based in Ashton-under-Lyne, also advise you to consider how this could be a persuasive tool when it comes to recruiting and retaining talent, presenting you as a flexible and employee-focused enterprise. Arranging and paying for pet care during working time can be a considerable burden for employees, therefore removing this obligation can help your business stand out amongst the crowd in an increasingly competitive job market.

Despite the potential benefits, Your Tax Shop advise that you consider any adverse effects this may have, as although a handful of employees may be keen on the idea of an office pet, some colleagues may be less enamoured with the idea. To get a true sense of how employees feel about this you may decide to conduct a staff survey.

Ultimately, Your Tax Shop advise that you should take care when deciding to introduce an office pet to ensure this is for the benefit of your workforce as a whole.

Your Tax Shop, a local multi-award-winning accountancy practice, recently introduced an office pet hamster, Henry IX, to the team and have since noticed a boost in staff morale and the office environment in general.

Fun fact: Henry thoroughly enjoys running in his exercise ball while the Your Tax Shop team enjoy their daily brew breaks! Did you know… hamsters can run up to 9km per night? That’s around 5 ½ miles!