Not too long ago the company that I work for instilled a pet-friendly policy. This goes for both our points of sales where customers can bring their pets and for our corporate building. Which makes my office a dog-friendly office, yaaay! Since it’s quite a recent change I haven’t taken up on this possibility very often but in the couple of times I did, I learned quite a lot.
We leave nearby so the easiest way for us to go to the office would be by walking. During the summer this wasn’t an option for us because Monday is very very VERY affected by heat and wouldn’t have made it. One day Mr. Daddy drove us half way and she barely made it through the other half. It took her like an hour afterward to start breathing normally again. Now that the temperatures have lowered significantly, I expect we will be doing this more often.
Which brings us to benefit number one.
1. She can do her business on the way
Mornings are always hectic in our household and one of the must-do tasks is taking the dog out to do her pee and her poo. This doesn’t take a long, granted, but every little thing that can be omitted while trying to get ready is an enormous benefit for us. Not to mention how much easier it gets if there is just one adult at home. It is also much better for the dog. We rarely go for walks in the morning but if we need to walk to the office that is a two in one right there.
2. Instant mood booster in the office
It obviously depends on the people but in my experience, everybody is just delighted when somebody brings a dog to the office. People who are not really dog person tend to just ignore them but don’t seem to be really bothered. For the animal lovers, however, this is definitely something that brings a smile to their faces. It also brings people together as everybody gathers to see what’s going on. Of course, if that would be a daily thing the excitement would fade but I still think it would brighten the day of most.
Some would argue that pets would disrupt the working day. I’m sure in some environments this can be true but generally the brakes people take for interactions with the pets are very short and their improved mood much more than makes up for the lost time, usually in better performance. Environments where this policy is adopted usually see a surge in both employee satisfaction and work performance. Which brings us to point three.
3. De-stressing agent
I’m working on this ginormous project that requires all-day workshops with a lot of people. It is kind of exhausting and frustrating at times so the meetings can get heated. This, in turn, redirects the discussions or creates deadlocks which are quite stressful, to be frank. Monday, of course, comes to all these meetings with me and usually just sleeps under my chair or at my feet. But if she sees me reaching for her, she would quickly stand up and set herself in a position where I can easily pet her.
I cannot express how much this helps. It’s incredible how much this simple act can calm a person down! I feel better, I am able to focus more, to express myself more calmly. Having a dog-friendly office has really changed these workshops. Of course, she’s a happy dog too. Not only from my frequent petting but also from others playing with her during breaks for example. She rarely gets this much attention at home so I’m pretty sure “working” is dog heaven for her.
4. Time management
During the morning our dog is usually home alone, waiting for us to get back from work. She sleeps through most of it and she’s used to this schedule so it’s not a problem. The problem is the afternoons. There are places where we can’t take her (or times we can’t take her anywhere – heat again!) and if we choose to do such activity, she is pretty much alone for the whole day. I hate when this happens. She’s an extremely social dog and craves closeness so I’m pretty sure those days must be horrible for her. If however, she is with me during the morning, this gives us the freedom to arrange the afternoons more freely. This is a huge plus for our family dynamics. After all the hard work playing with people in the morning, she prefers to have some peace and quiet anyway 😉
All in all the more time I spend with her the better. And since a full-time job takes up a good chunk out of my day, I love that I have the option of having her with me during that time.
Love you Monday!