- Do you want to improve your performance at work?
- Do you manage a group of employees who you would like to make more productive?
- Do you need a research-backed excuse as to why you are surfing Petfinder during work hours?
If your answer is yes to any of the questions above then I have good news for you.
A new study out of Japan demonstrates how viewing pictures of cute pets (on Petfinder of course) can improve worker productivity. Researchers at Hiroshima University (cognitive psychologists no less) studied the impact of viewing cute photos of baby animals on a test group of 48 college students and found that it served as a productivity booster compared to a control group on a variety of tasks. The researches conclude that, ”This study shows that viewing cute things improves subsequent performance in tasks that require behavioral carefulness, possibly by narrowing the breadth of attentional focus.”
So, if you are due for an annual review soon you may want to start looking at photos of cute guys like Otto the Chinchilla.
Or if you are managing a team of employees working on a big, important project then by all means require them to look at adorable pets like MJ the kitten.
And if your boss walks in while your are actively surfing Petfinder then let him or her know you are striving to become “employee of the month” by taking full advantage of the latest scientific research that demonstrates viewing photos of cute animals boosts productivity.