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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 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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