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How Pet-Friendly Policies Improve The Workplace

How Pet-Friendly Policies Improve The Workplace

There’s a new trend in town, and it’s something many pet owners will love. Pet-friendly workplaces are rising in the US and many countries all over the globe. A dream come true for many doting pet owners, pet-friendly offices benefit not only the employees but the company as well.

With people generously spending money on their pets and getting them involved in almost all aspects of their lives, it’s not surprising this trend has surfaced in many offices worldwide. Pets in the workplace are now the new cool and here’s why:

1. Reduces Stress of Employees

The International Journal of Workplace Health Management conducted an exploratory study on the effects of pet dogs in the work setting on employees’ job satisfaction and stress, and the results were as expected. Employees who brought their dog to work have a much-reduced stress level compared to those who didn’t.

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It seems that no matter how much paperwork and projects employees need to get done by the day, with their dog companion around, they feel much at ease, more productive, and eventually happier. It’s a win-win situation for the boss and his staff.

2. Attracts Millennials

Millennials are not really fond of owning a house or car, they’re also marrying later and delaying having children – but there’s something almost all of them have in their apartments – pets!

A Packaged Facts report shows that Millennials are the number one driving force in the growth of the pet industry. The group currently accounts for 31 percent of all pet owners with 43 million at the age of 18 to 34.

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“Millennials have become a strong consumer force in the pet market due to their sheer population numbers and the impressive buying power they bring to the table,” said David Sprinkle, research director at Packaged Facts. “They are more likely than other pet owners to both expect to spend and to actually spend more on higher-priced pet products and pet care services.”

Pets provide company and happiness. Millennials feel good about a company who love their pets as much as they do. If you’re a startup in need of bright and young employees, adding pet-friendly policies might attract and retain this group in your workplace.

3. Improves Work Relationships

Dogs in the workplace exude an air of joy. Companies who allowed pets found that employees engaged more in pleasant conversations with one another. It has also reduced the workplace gossip as some would rather talk about their pets than their co-workers.

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This helps cultivate a culture of camaraderie and positivity. In building a successful company, it’s important for your team to have healthy interactions. And harmonious workplaces are some of the best places to be in. Clearly, pets bond people in many ways and this is great not only for the workers but also for the company’s bottom line.

4. Encourages Exercise

When all you do is work all day, you’ll find yourself mentally tired by the end of the first four hours which also affects the quality of your work. Having pets in the workplace gives employees more reason to leave their desk.

Employees who are able to bring their pet will be forced to walk them and play with them many times during their break. They will have to take their eyes away from the screen to stretch, get some air, refresh their mind, and bond with their little fur balls.

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5. Saves Pet Care Cost

Pet-friendly workplaces help employees save from dog care and pet sitting bills. Now, they can have the peace of mind to work while their furry companions relax and play with them in the office.

Aside from this perk, many companies are also offering pet insurances for dogs so their employees can save money on expensive vet bills. Other employee pet perks include discounts on pet food, pet products, as well as training sessions for their beloved canine pals.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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