During the past year, lots of people around the world had to start working from home. From ditching the commute to setting up make-shift offices, it was a big adjustment. Pet-owners had the additional challenge of attempting a regular working day with an animal around them. However, there were plenty of benefits to working from home with a pet.
Pets can help people feel calmer. During a particularly difficult year, this was more important than ever. The National Accident Helpline surveyed 2,000 pet-owning Brits to see how their furry companions helped them over the past year. The survey revealed that 87% of correspondents said their pet helped during difficult moments. Tom Fitzgerald, Managing Director of the National Accident Helpline was pleased with the research. He said, “Whilst we obviously love our pets, it is great to see the research indicate that they are also helping keep the country calm during this stressful time.”
The survey also tried to answer which animal would make the perfect pet to help keep the country calm? Of course, while every pet is special and loved, is there a standout breed? It was revealed that the UK’s favourite dog breed was the Labrador Retriever, with the Cockapoo coming in second and the Springer Spaniel ranked third. When it came to feline friends, the British shorthair came out as the nation’s favourite cat. 3.2 million people in the UK bought a pet over lockdown so perhaps these preferred breeds will change with a larger number of pet-owners.
Alongside being a calming companion, why else did pets prove to be so popular over lockdown? It has been revealed that pets can help you be more productive when working from home. Battersea Cats and Dogs Home conducted a survey of their own. They asked 2,000 Brits about their experience with pets. 58% of people said working from home with a pet helped boost their productivity and motivation.
Opportunity for Breaks
Not only can pets help increase productivity, but they also can act as a much-needed reminder to give yourself a break. Whether you’re a dog owner and need to take them out for walks, to other animals you want to sit and play with for a while. Spending time looking after or playing with your pet is a healthy way to get away from your desk for a while and let you switch off. It may not be as chatty as a coffee break, but it definitely does some good.
Even though pets can be distracting during the working day, the benefits they bring are completely worth it. From improving your mental health to helping you take breaks. What’s your experience like of working with your pets at home?