We have an office bitch; the furry kind, of course, with long ears and a cold wet nose. As freelance healthcare and medical copywriters, we take our own advice; and that includes having some extra paws about the office which, according to a study in the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, is good for your health. Researchers found that dogs boosted the morale of staff, as well as reducing their stress levels.
Maisie, a German Shorthaired Pointer (or GSP for short), joined us last year at the age of eight weeks and spent her early months learning about what the job involved. Just over a year on, we agree that having a canine associate has been good for our health and here are five reasons why:
2. Maisie was keen to be involved in all aspects of freelance life, including helping with those mundane chores that homeworkers quickly realise are there to replace sociable breaks by the coffee machine.
3. We now have an office comedienne. Psychologists believe that laughter is the best medicine, helping you feel better and reducing stress levels. She’s a great listener and frequently adopts expressions that make it difficult to take yourself too seriously.
Although she’s employed as a canine, we’re not sure she always sees things that way. She likes to be treated as a colleague during working hours, and she can often be found catching up on the latest doggie news…