Let­ting the dogs out at work may solve those lit­tle of­fice con­flicts

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So over the last decade of my work­ing life there has been amas­sive shift in the ac­tual car­ing about the well­ness and con­tent­ment of em­ploy­ees in busi­nesses.

Maybe it’s be­cause peo­ple just get fed up with cer­tain types of treat­ment at work.

It’s ob­vi­ously hap­pen­ing­with gender equal­ity right now aswell (about time), though we still have a long way to go on that as a so­ci­ety, sadly.

As a cel­e­brant I of­ten use the phrase ‘Happy wife, happy life’ inmy cer­e­monies.

Be­cause, well, that’s true.

I re­alised a long time ago that women are gen­er­ally much smarter than men when it comes to re­la­tion­ships!

It’s prob­a­bly based in emo­tional depth and in­tel­li­gence and ac­tu­ally just think­ing about things rather than just do­ing them. It works best as a guy if you ac­tu­ally think about keep­ing some­one happy and what you could do to make that an ac­tu­al­ity.

It’s the same in busi­ness, I reckon. If you’re an em­ployer, think of your staff as all of your wives (I’m not sure whether to high five you or give you a con­cil­ia­tory hug.)

If you try to con­sider their feel­ings and strive to do things that you reckon might help keep them happy with you, their life and the life you have built to­gether, then your mar­riage/busi­ness is go­ing to be much easier to man­age, run and profit from, right?

Where amI lead­ing with all of this? Dogs.

All work­places should have a pet. That would lit­er­ally solve half of the frus­tra­tion and ag­gres­sion prob­lems at work be­cause how could you be grumpy when there’s a hap­py­wee cat or dog chill­ing un­der your desk every now and then?!

They could be the me­di­a­tor in a work­place dis­agree­ment; you have to take the dog for a walk WITH the per­son you have a prob­lem with.

They could be used towin clients over and make them more in­clined to use your busi­ness.

Fail­ing that, you could teach the dog to bark un­til they sign the con­tract.

What could pos­si­bly go wrong? I’m sure it’s to­tally eth­i­cal, not to men­tion le­gal, right?

■ Will John­ston is host of The Hits 95FM Day Show. Live and lo­cal from 9am-3pm, every week­day in the Bay of Plenty.

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