Many of us have been working from home for a while and have gotten used to the drill. Among the many perks are staying in pajama bottoms, not having a commute, and, of course, being near our pets! However, while it can be fun to have our furry friends crash our video conference calls now and then, they can also be quite distracting. Here are our tips for managing your furry coworker.
#1: Take a quick play break for mental and physical health
Have you been staring at the same blank screen or stack of paperwork for the past half hour, with zero progress? Get up and get moving with your furry coworker, to bolster your endorphins, and get your creative juices flowing. A brief break to play with your cat’s favorite fishing pole toy, or to walk your dog around the block, will provide a much-needed energy boost, and propel you out of your mental slump.
#2: Encourage your pet to provide their own entertainment with food puzzles
While your adorable pooch popping their head in on your Zoom meeting may make your team break into laughter, non-stop barking during a meeting is a different matter. When you know an important call or virtual meeting is coming up, set you and your pet up for success with a food puzzle or long-lasting treat. Plan ahead by freezing a Kong stuffed with canned food, kibble, fresh veggies, or yogurt mixture. The frozen concoction will last your pet longer, ensuring they won’t interrupt your meeting.
#3: Use your pet’s natural soothing abilities to battle stress
Pet ownership has been shown to lower blood pressure, calm cardiovascular issues, and reduce stress and anxiety. Simply being in the same room as your furry pal can calm your heart rate after an argument with your boss, and hugging and petting your four-legged friend can soothe away your stress and anxiety. Other coworkers cannot claim these benefits!
Questions or concerns about co-working with your pet? Contact us!