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Benefits Of Pets In The Workplace

posted by The Daily Fluff October 10, 2016 0 comments

For most of us, the best thing about arriving home after work each day is being greeted by our furry friends. Playing catch or having some quality cuddle time is the best way to relax and de-stress after a long day at work.

However now you don’t have to spend your day wondering what mischief your pet is getting up to at home, or waiting for the clock to hit five so you can go home and spoil them with belly rubs anymore! Studies have shown that having pets in the workplace can actually be extremely beneficial!

Unconvinced? Here are the top benefits of having pets in the workplace:

Reduces stress and anxiety:

Anxiety is common in most workplaces. Even if you love your job, deadlines, meetings and time management can get to even the most zen of us!

Studies have shown that pet’s behaviour provokes laughter and entertainment, which is likely to reduce stress and feelings of depression. This is especially relieving in high-pressure corporate workplaces! Having something to alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety is guaranteed to create a more productive and effective workplace.

Encourages physical activity:

Being stuck in the office, sitting down, sending emails all day definitely is not great for your health and wellbeing, that’s for sure. Even on the most beautiful summers days, we can feel obliged to stay inside while we’re at work.

Having pets in the office gives you the greatest excuse to get out and enjoy that sunshine! Leaving the office for even 15 minutes to walk the dog can be a great refresher and it can improve employee’s focus. Win/win!

Increases productivity:

Being happier, healthier, and less stressed at work can make a more productive team. Reduced stress in the workplace means that employees are less likely to take sick days and are more likely to enjoy their time at work.

Workplaces that are pet friendly have found that as office-pets create a more relaxed environment, they also boost creativity. Meaning that employees are more likely to be imaginative and productive.

If you’re seeking a bit more balance in your corporate life, we would definitely recommend asking your boss about introducing pet-friendly office days! Even if it’s just one day a week – like our friends at Jetpets, who have introduced Furbaby Friday at their workplace.

 I mean, who can resist a puppies’ face anyway?!

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How to choose the right pet: 6 questions to ask yourself

posted by The Daily Fluff July 3, 2016 0 comments

Adding a new member to your home can be exciting but also overwhelming, as they are life-long commitments, and therefore the decision should not be taken lightly.

There is a lot of information on buying a pet, so we have narrowed it down to the six most important questions you must consider.

Have you worked out costs?
Pet ownership means paying for food, vet bills and other necessities for your animals. Not only do you have to consider short term costs such as desexing, but the long term costs such as regular immunisations and unexpected vet visits.

Is your house pet friendly?
Not only does this mean gaining approval from your land lord if renting, but it also means having adequate fencing and shelter for outdoor animals, and safe areas both inside and outside your house. The small details such as having holes in your decking are vital to consider for your pet’s safety.

Will you be travelling?
If you are a regular traveler—or even if you have one holiday approaching—you need to consider the practicality of getting a pet. If you are going away next month for three weeks, perhaps delay getting a pet until you get back. If you travel for a few days every month and have your heart set on a higher maintenance animal—unlike an aquarium—you need to make plans for someone to look after them while you are away.

What animal suits you?
Although an energetic Border Collie may not suit your Melbourne-city based apartment, inside lap-cats may be perfect for you! Think about what would suit your lifestyle, location and free time, as well as the animal’s needs. If you are unsure, you can always ask a friend or family member whether you can pet-sit so you can gain an understanding of what their pet care entails.

Have you researched the breed/pet and do you understand their special requirements?
There may be breed or animal specific characteristics that you must know and understand, so it is always wise to do your research before making your final choice. This could include details such as ponies not being able to see thin wire, or pugs and some other breeds of dogs always needing supervision in higher temperatures.

Have you considered adoption?
If you contact shelters or rescue groups and adopt an animal, you will be giving those in need a second chance at a forever home. If you have already picked the type of pet and particular breed you want, there are even breed specific rescue groups you can contact.

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