Pets in the 'Workplace' - A day in the life of a freelancer
A nation of pet lovers!
The UK is a nation of animal lovers, with 45% of the population owning a pet of some kind– 26% of these own dogs and 18% own cats. A growing body of studies confirms that pets aren’t just fun to have around the house (and home office) - there is health-boosting power among our furry friends too!
Pets are great for our mental health!
Animals help with depression, anxiety, and stress that can come with running your own business. “Sitting with a relaxed purring cat at the end of a hectic day is a soothing massage for the soul. Perhaps this is because the reassuring hum is generally associated with calmness and gentle communication, or perhaps it is because the frequency of the vibration is in the range that can stimulate healing”- Beth Skillings, Cats Protection’s clinical veterinary officer. Pets provide companionship and ease loneliness for those who work from home alone. It’s important for our physical and mental health to have contact with other people, and our four-legged friends are a brilliant way to get you talking. Dogs keep desk-bound business owners active throughout the day, commanding frequent walks and fresh air.
When pets in the workplace goes wrong
Our pets no doubt bring us joy and unconditional love. But they can also be a massive pain in the posterior too! Hands up whose dog has barked incessantly whilst you’ve been on an important phone call, or whose cat has walked all over your keyboard causing you no end of problems…? Here are some examples from UK freelancers who have experienced just this!...
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