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Pets In The Workplace? Really?

June 23rd, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Quite a few years ago now, I worked in an administrative role in a fantastic home for the elderly with mental health issues. It was a great job, no one day was ever the same.

There was a small of group of employees who were responsible for the social interaction side of care; activities, days out etc. and I can remember how specifically effective one of the activities had on the lovely residents – animals.

People with ‘well behaved’ pets were invited into the home to interact with the residents, and the effect was profound.

Those with no or little speech were making efforts to verbally communicate with these furry creatures, those with no or little movement were trying to reach out to touch them, the atmosphere was uplifted and you could feel energy and happiness levels rising.

It got me thinking……..being at work can sometimes feel dull, mundane, repetitive and, let’s face it, disengaging. What is needed is some motivational ‘ooomphhh’ at times … read more »

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