Just because you’re #WFH doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Pull a chair over to your workspace and let your pet sit next to you! Bring Your Pet To Work Day has never been easier. Here we present 6 tips for working from home with your fur-baby:
Place your pet bed in your home office. Consider placing a cozy pet bed in your office, or on your desk if your pet is small, so your he or she remains nearby throughout the day. This will help you remain more focused as you won’t be concerned about what your pet might be doing when out of sight.
Limit treats. Now that you’re spending more quality time with your pets, be sure to gauge how many treats you’re giving them each day. Being with your pet for a greater amount of time could inadvertently lead to offering more treats and causing them to overeat.
Schedule breaks for walks (keeping in mind social distancing, masks, and other COVID-era guidelines). One of the greatest benefits of working from home is being able to structure your day so it meshes with your lifestyle. Be sure to schedule walk breaks during the day so you and your pet can get out for a breath of fresh air frequently.
Organize your work tools. Use a keyboard protector, since cats love to use keyboards as personal mats. This might be fun for them, but not so much for you when you realize that your pet’s paws have created and sent a meaningless message to your boss. Organize your cables and cords to prevent your pet from getting entangled. Keep all small items, such as paper clips, pens, staples and thumbtacks, in boxes with lids or drawers because when these items fall on the ground, they pose a choking risk to curious animals.
For important conference calls, escort your dog out of your workspace. Making an important call? Avoid your dog’s barking by momentarily removing him from the workplace. Your coworkers or clients will appreciate it.
Take a tour of your home office from your pet’s point of view. Follow the example of new parents baby-proofing their homes and protect your furry children by carefully reviewing your home office from their perspective. Get on all fours and look for potential dangers not seen from above. Cover electrical outlets, screw heavy shelves to the wall, and close any doors that lead to items that could harm your pets.