Owning a lovable, cuddly pet can unquestionably make one's home life better- and apparently, it can affect pet owners' professional lives as well. In fact,according to a new survey, people who have owned pets may be more professionallysuccessful, and this is definitely good news for ambitious pet parents.
The survey was conducted by Kelton Global Research for Banfield PetHospital, according to Fast Company. The researchers surveyed 857 adults in theUnited States with a variety of careers, as explained in the survey summary onBanfield's website.
Among the C-suite executives (CEOs, etc.) surveyed, 93 percent grew with apet in their home, with 78 percent claiming that growing up with a pet helpedcause their career success as an adult. Interestingly, 83 percent of C-suiteexecutives who participated said they grew up with a dog, 59 percent of themsaid they grew up with a cat, and 37 percent of them said they grew up withanother kind of pet. (You're correct - these numbers do not add up. It wouldseem that many of the people interviewed grew up with multiple kinds ofpets.)
So, how exactly does pet ownership cause career success? Well, according toBanfield's research, executives reported that their pet helped teach themlessons like responsibility, creativity, empathy, discipline, and organization,which have all been invaluable in the business world.
"At Banfield Pet Hospital, we've long recognized the special bond betweenpeople and their pets, as well as the positive impact pets have on our society,"Brian Garish, president of Banfield Pet Hospital, said in a statement onBanfield's website. "From the pet ownership lessons we learned as children, tothe ways our four-legged friends currently help us evolve, connect with others,and stay grounded, our latest research supports the notion we've had all along –that there may be a link between pets and their ability to help shape us aspeople.
"stay grounded: 腳踏實地But what about people who grew up pet-less, but have adopted pets asadults? Luckily for those, the survey showed that current pet ownership can alsohelp with professional success.
According to the research, 86 percent of current pet parents surveyed saidowning pets helps them stick to a routine, better manage their time, and moreefficiently multitask. But even if you don't think your pet has directly helpedyou, your coworkers' knowledge that you have a pet may actually be beneficialfor your career. In fact, 80 percent of people surveyed said they "feel moreconnected to colleagues who are pet owners," and 79 percent of those surveyedbelieve that fellow co-workers who have pets are "hard workers.