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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 November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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