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Manager’s best friend: PI creates behavioral assessment for dogs

PI has gone to the dogs with our latest behavioral assessments for your pooch

Why do dogs behave as they do? This age-old question has never been more relevant for business leaders and talent professionals.

A 2015 survey from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), found that 8 percent of workplaces in the United States allow employees to bring their dogs to work. This is up dramatically from only 5 percent in 2013.

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There are good reasons for this prevalence of pooches in our professional places.

Research conducted by Dr. Randolph T. Barker and Dr. Sandra B. Barker from Virginia Commonwealth University, found that dogs in the workplace can make employees happier, less stressed, and more productive.

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Considering today’s hyper-competitive war for top talent, many companies are feeling a need to add enticing perks to enhance their attractiveness for prospective employees. Dog-friendly workspaces have been cited as particularly, desirable among Millennials as they can boost morale and collaboration.

If dogs are becoming fixtures in our workplaces, can a thorough understanding of their personality traits and drives help us create better working environments for our two-legged and four-legged workers alike?

dogs in the workplace.jpgThat was the fundamental research question that led PI science team to create the PI Behavioral Assessment for DogsTM. This new workplace assessment measures 5 dimensions of canine personality: Obedience, Cuteness, Excitability, Affection, and Neuroticism – a set of factors made memorable by the acronym OCEAN.

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Dr. Greg Barnett, Vice President of Research & Development for PI described this new assessment as “groundbreaking” and having “the potential to decode dog personalities from Affenpinschers to Yorkshire Terriers.”

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After an office dog completes the brief assessment – a mere 42 minutes in dog years – a human co-worker can download new PI Insights reports including the Puppy Placard and the Doggie Development Chart.

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In other news, PI researchers are attempting to create a similar Behavioral Assessment for Cats. Unfortunately, progress to date has been slow since cats don’t give a crap what we think about them.

To learn more about the PI Behavioral Assessment for Dogs, please click the following link: www.predictiveindex.com/april-fools-2017


Matt Poepsel, PhD is the author of Expand the Circle: Enlightened Leadership for Our New World of Work and host of the Lead the People podcast. He serves as Vice President & Godfather of Talent Optimization at The Predictive Index. He holds a PhD in Psychology, an MBA, and a Harvard Business School Certificate of Management Excellence. Matt has more than 25 years of leadership experience as a software executive and consultant. He’s also a US Marine, an Ironman triathlon finisher, and a student of Buddhist philosophy.

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