Dogs at the Office — Good or Bad?

Taking pets to work can be great for morale.  We all love our pets, but what are the pros and cons?

It’s usually easier to take your dog to work if you are employed by a smaller company.  And it’s usually a dog that comes to the office – more than other pets.


Dogs relieve stress. Have you had an uncomfortable meeting with your boss?  Pet your dog and all is right in your world.

Dogs are conversation starters. Take your dog on a walk out of the office and you’ll meet everyone in your building.  And you never know who you’re going to meet!


Therapeutic guide animals have long been allowed in public places, helping their owners navigate the world.

Dogs are universally loved, or are they?

Dogs can slow down productivity in the office because they need attention.  You’re playing with the dog, someone else in playing with the dog, or the dog needs to be walked.

Dogs mark their territory. If another dog has been in our office, your dog might leave “a present” to establish ownership.


Not everyone likes dogs and, in fact, some people are afraid of dogs.  And how does it sound to your important client when you’re on the phone and your dog decides to bark at a delivery person?

And some people are allergic to dogs.  Unless your dog is short-haired and hypoallergenic, you’ll most likely have some fur to clean up.  Better keep Benadryl at the office.


And then there’s favoritism. Can everyone bring a pet to work?  What if you have a pet other than a dog, such as a cat, ferret, snake, or tarantula?

The cons absolutely outweigh the pros; however, it is so delightful and so joyous to have a pet at work, that if your office allows it, it’s a great perk.


Personally, although I love having my dogs at the office, they are far too high

maintenance and I feel so much better knowing that they are home and happily barking at strangers.

How Much Time Does It Take to Get a Job?

The job boards are showing fewer positions; however, the ones that are posted are generally true needs for a firm.

Want to get the call?  Tailor your résumé to every job. One way to do this is to paste the job description directly into your résumé and make sure that your skills set and key words match the position.   Applying for a position online is an exercise in patience.  For the most part, your résumé will go into a Human Resources database.  Unless your résumé contains the key words and skills required for the position, your résumé will probably end up in the abyss.

Here are tips to get a phone call:

  • Call into the company and learn the name of the person who is staffing for the position
  • Leave a message when appropriate for the recruiter or hiring manager
  • Email your résumé directly to the staffing manager, if you can establish a contact
  • Consider mailing your résumé to stand out from the crowd

It’s not unusual to spend an hour applying to a position that matches your skill set and interests.  You many consider writing a brief cover letter, making it easy for the recruiter by explicitly detailing why you are a perfect match for the position.   Your time spend job hunting should include online database searches, resume submissions, and personal networking in your industry.

Looking for a job is a full-time job.

7 Ways to Stay Positive in a Funky Economy

During these funky times, the never-ending bad news can cause anxiety, panic and worry.

Here are seven ways to stay positive regardless of the economy:

  1. Exercise.  An endorphin rush always helps your mind function at its peak.
  2. Get outside.  Nature has a way of soothing stress and taking your mind off your worries.
  3. Tap into your support network. Stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues who can help you maintain your balance.
  4. Volunteer. Volunteering is an excellent way to give back to your family and community.
  5. Sleep.  Getting a good night’s rest allows you to function at full capacity the next day.
  6. Focus on your strengths and natural abilities.  When things come easily to you, you know you’re on the right path.
  7. Gratitude and appreciation attract more positives into your life.

If you’re in the job market, staying positive is imperative.  Getting out of your home and into environments where you’re connecting with other people can help.

It’s easier to be lucky when you’re out in the world and talking to others. You can hear about new situations in all sorts of places including parking lots, coffee bars and gyms.  Leads can come from connections in your larger extended network.   Employed or not, your career path might not follow the trajectory you planned when you went to school or started your career; however, new connections lead to new opportunities.  Down markets are forcing many onto new paths.

Use visualization exercises to see yourself in the professional environment of your choice, doing what you love, loving what you do and being paid abundantly.

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