Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

K-9 is A-OK, says study

"I thought I better send you one of my favorite Greenland sled dog photos," Ed Stockard wrote a couple weeks ago. "I KNOW how Jill and the PFS gang love dogs. This happy puppy ran eagerly up when I lowered the camera to the ground. Taken at the local Kangerlussuaq dog kennels in 2006." Photo: Ed Stockard

Ed’s right: PFS is doggedly pro-canine, so much so that we have a “Dog Day” schedule among our other Google calendars to avoid the playful chaos that might ensue if certain PFS dog combos showed up on the same day.

Turns out we’re on to something. Researchers at Central Michigan University recently have published preliminary findings from research intended to assess the impact of having dogs in the work place. The team, led by Stephen Colarelli, PhD, conducted two experiments with people working in teams of four, some with and others without dogs in their midst. Per this article in The Economist, the groups who worked around dogs “ranked their team-mates more highly on measures of trust, team cohesion and intimacy than those who had not.”

The results are preliminary and will be updated with final analysis later this year, but so far they suggest what we already believe to be true: instead of the workplace being a dog-eat-dog world, add some bow wow to the day to make it doggone fun.  —Kip Rithner

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