Furry crea­tures go­ing around your work­place

The HR Digest - - Employee Benefits -

When this con­cept of bring­ing pets to work was ini­tially brought up, it seemed like a fun ac­tiv­ity to do once in a while to lift up the spir­its at the work­place. This gave rise to the cel­e­bra­tion of a spe­cial day wherein the em­ploy­ees would bring their pets to work. A fresh change like this in the ev­ery­day life within the con­fines of the of­fice is what ev­ery or­ga­ni­za­tion needs once in a while to freshen up the at­mos­phere which helps boost the work pro­duc­tiv­ity for a few days. when this ex­per­i­ment turned out to be a suc­cess, up came a sug­ges­tion re­gard­ing car­ry­ing out this cel­e­bra­tion on an ev­ery­day ba­sis. The mere men­tion of this sug­ges­tion cre­ated a men­tal im­age of a messy of­fice in the minds of the peo­ple in charge. All the HR could think of hir­ing peo­ple spe­cially to clean an­i­mal poop all day. All the man­agers could think of was hear­ing the petty cry of an an­i­mal in the mid­dle of the meet­ing. All the em­ployer could think of was a po­ten­tial mov­ing toy roam­ing around in the of­fice, dis­tract­ing ev­ery­one. Robin John­son, an ad­vo­cate in An­napo­lis, USA stated that, “I have al­ways de­tested furry crea­tures. Just the thought of touch­ing them would creep me out. But when I first heard about this con­cept, I was in­trigued. Af­ter spend­ing a day wherein a happy face with four legs was mov­ing around in the of­fice, I changed my opin­ion.” Th­ese were just im­pul­sive thoughts. Af­ter ex­ten­sive dis­cus­sions and re­search, a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive about the same was formed.

We are usu­ally told that in or­der to com­plete a project suc­cess­fully, one must put in all the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion that he can. But we fail to no­tice the sci­en­tific facts associated with this as they con­tra­dict this be­lief. Cer­tain stud­ies clearly state that when an in­di­vid­ual spends too much time on the same task, his pro­duc­tiv­ity will be in­hib­ited. At such a time, a furry crea­ture’s bark will break you from the work spell and will restart your brain at a faster pace. this is a way to reen­er­gize your men­tal self and get back to work with bet­ter fo­cus. In­ter­act­ing with a pet can re­place the tea break you were plan­ning to take.

There are a num­ber of com­pa­nies which pro­mote the con­cept of bring­ing a pet to work in or­der to main­tain a light­hearted at­mos­phere at the work­place. Do­ing this mo­ti­vates the em­ploy­ees to look for­ward to come to work. At the end of the day, no man­age­ment for­mula or strate­gies can help you yield the kind of pro­duc­tiv­ity which can sim­ply be at­tained by a group of peo­ple who thor­oughly en­joy their work. The will­ing­ness to do the job says a lot about the man­agers look­ing af­ter the work­force as well.

Another study claims that as hav­ing pets around re­duces stress lev­els, it in­duces a friendly en­vi­ron­ment. This pro­motes cor­dial re­la­tions among its em­ploy­ees. This will hap­pen as in­ter­act­ing with pets will also give rise to in­ter­ac­tions be­tween peo­ple who aren’t even aware about each other’s ex­is­tence in the of­fice. Cor­dial re­la­tions ul­ti­mately re­sult in bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion and un­der­stand­ing among the col­leagues. Such a sit­u­a­tion helps build trust while work­ing to­gether as a team.

Even though we have grown up to be­lieve that an­i­mals and hu­mans be­long to two dis­tinct races, with ma­tu­rity and the right un­der­stand­ing, we have re­al­ized that even an­i­mals re­cip­ro­cate to our feel­ings. This is why pets are treated as af­fec­tion­ately as one’s own child th­ese days.

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