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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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