It may sound absurd but it really is working out for the modern day employee.
Pets play an important role in our lives. They keep our motivation game strong. A recent survey identifies that employees who choose to bring pets at the office often see a dramatic increase in their productivity. Not only are they successful but you may also find them quite cheerful and motivated.
Many Dutch companies, as well as technology giants like Google, have open job vacancies for employees who prefer to take their pets at work. It has become quite a common norm in the modern day workplaces especially in the Netherlands. In fact, every 1 out of 3 individuals in Netherland keeps a pet.
So just imagine keeping a pet buddy nearby in whom you can have complete faith. Whether you are having a rough day with the managers, or you want to take some time off from the busy schedule, a pet can be your perfect companion to help you out.
Here are some advantages of having a pet at your workplace.
1) Pets Can Establish the Perfect Work-Life Balance for You
Have you heard about the firm called Inverse Square? Well, one of the amazing things about this firm is that it allows employees to bring pets to the work as they help them to strike the perfect work-life balance. Employers and employees both have stated that keeping pets at the workplace keeps the office fun and lively. It allows them to take small breaks and so they can play with their pets.
As an average employee when you spend long hours completing a project, you can become stressful. When there are pets around at your work desk, you can find countless excuses to interact with them. You can pause from creating a stressful report and involve yourself and have a little playtime with it. In fact, Etsy allows employees to bring pets to the workplace so they can keep their motivation level high.
2) Pets Can Reduce Stress & Help Increase Your Productivity
Without a doubt, pets are great stress relievers. They help an average employee kill stress hormones and enable them to battle negativity at its best. Environments which contain pets are quite playful. Imagine you own a dog and you chose to bring it to work… Now all day long, if your pet does cute things around your work desk, people will get attracted and will prefer to come around interact with it.
Eventually, such interactions can help you communicate with other employees better. Good communication is vital in a professional environment. It helps cultivate an environment of trust. And when your colleagues can have faith in your capabilities, they can bring more ideas to your table. In result, you get more ideas to do your job better and eventually it has a positive impact on productivity.
3) Pet Ownership has a Positive Impact on Your Health
Keeping a pet offers some other great benefits such as pet ownership can have a positive effect on your lifestyle. According to quantitative research performed by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), pet ownership saves approximately $12 billion on average in the healthcare industry. Around 133 million pet owners save around $11.37 billion on medical visits to physicians.
Now, here’s something that really does conserve a good amount of American dollars for the people.
Approximately 1 in every 5 American adults in the United States experience some sort of mental illness in a single year. And around 1 in every 25 experiences an extreme mental illness. A pet can help such individuals to permanently battle these stresses and keep them content in different ways.
4) Pets Can Inspire Activity in Your Employees so they Stay Focused
Employees who are into sports and who exercise regularly tend to be more productive than those who don’t. Let’s say if you are a dog person, there is no way you can avoid to play with the dog any day. An animal has a daily quota of energy which they need to consume so you can’t avoid workout any day.
Besides, when you take your dog to work, it can become your perfect excuse to escape the work environment. You can take your dog for a walk on a regular basis. You can play with it in the park. It can offer you a great morning routine for exercise and it can contribute a boost to your productivity.
Sounds great, doesn’t it?
Important Tips to Consider Before Bringing or Keeping a Pet at the Workplace
Whether you keep a cat or a dog, it doesn’t really matter as long as you are following these few extra careful practices. These will make sure that your pet stays healthy and keep the environment healthy.
Make sure that your pet is hygienic and does not tend to dirty up the workplace. Make sure that it is potty-trained, well groomed, properly cleaned, and free of contagions like fleas, ticks, etc.
Make sure that you get your pet frequently vaccinated. It will make sure that it doesn’t catch any disease or it may not spread anything among other employees working in the same environment.
Pets aren’t like humans. They get comfortable and adjusted in new environments a bit slowly. Bring it a couple of times at the office so it gets familiar with the place and then keeps bringing it permanently.
Communicate the dietary needs of your pet among other employees. Remember, you are not the only one who’s bringing pets to the workplace. Make sure that they know what your pet eats and doesn’t.
Pets can be a perfect companion as long as they are not becoming a nuisance. They can trigger the right emotions in you and can keep you on a straight path so you can keep motivated to get results.
Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? It doesn’t really matter as long as you feel productive.