Ted Talks: The Benefits of Bringing Your Pet to Work
We have all heard about the benefits of bringing your furry friend to work with you, from reduced stress and anxiety, to built in breaks and fresh air. The plus side really isn't up for debate, (who doesn't like dogs?) This blog writer really just wanted an excuse to meet our Group Creative Director's new Puppy, Teddy, and spend the day taking photos in pubs around Glasgow of a darling chocolate brown Working Cocker Spaniel.
Are you looking for a way to shake things up in the office and create a happier, healthier, and more productive work environment? Consider bringing your furry friend to work! Numerous studies have shown that having pets in the workplace can lead to happier, healthier, and more engaged employees. Plus We will throw in some tips for making the transition as smooth as possible.
Having a pet in the office can be a great way to help employees unwind, de-stress, and re-focus throughout the workday. That email that started "As Per My Last Email" doesn't hit quite as hard when you have a puppy under your desk.
Increased Physical Activity: Another great benefit of having a pet at work is that it can encourage employees to be more physically active. Taking a quick walk around the block with your pooch can help to boost your energy levels and clear your mind, making you more productive when you return to your desk. You take the time to think about how your pet needs to get some fresh air, but when was the last time you realized YOU need some fresh air? It is a built in meeter to get you up and moving and taking regular breaks.
Our Group Creative Director, Alex MacRae is blown away by the amount of people coming up to him to strike up conversations about Teddy.
"As a hunting breed, the city has become Ted's working environment as much as my own; the sights, scents, sounds and focus required for our commute tend to result in a contented pup beneath my desk. Despite an occasional grumble about the Scottish climate... I hadn't realised how grateful I'd be for the motivation to take more regular breaks outdoors; An early morning wander beside the river planning the day ahead or, after a busy day, the simple joy of just bing sat in the middle of a field a while - after a game of fetch of course!"
In the words of another - They motivate us to play, be affectionate, and to seek adventure.
Improved Mental Health: Finally, having a pet in the workplace can be great for your mental health. Pets are known for being great company, and having your furry friend by your side throughout the day can help to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. Additionally, pets are often great at helping to provide structure and stability to our daily routines, which can be especially helpful for those who struggle with anxiety or depression.
This goes double if you are working at home and don't have regular interactions with other people during the day. Does it count as a conversation if you just say, "Hey, you want a treat?" I'm not sure, but it makes this blog writer happy, and up and out of my chair!
What we do for Teddy and his Furry friends at our Glasgow Office is have designated doggy days. This way our colleagues can plan their work from home schedules in advance.
Also, consider setting up some ground rules to ensure that your pet is well-behaved and not disrupting the workplace.
And most importantly, have fun and enjoy the benefits of having your furry friend by your side throughout the workday.