[Guest Blog] Balancing Remote Work & Pets

Guest blog by Luxe Pet hotels, a doggy day care

Do you share your home with a four-legged pal that meows or barks? If so, you are not alone. More than half of the world’s population has a pet in their home. Furthermore, one-third of average households own at least one canine and another quarter owns at least one feline. However, pet owners aren’t limited to just cats and dogs. Other common pets include reptiles, freshwater and saltwater fish, birds, and rodents such as guinea pigs and hamsters.

  

Infographic provided by Luxe Pet hotels, a doggy day care

 

A New Routine

Our beloved animal friends can help us with daunting issues such as isolation, loneliness, and stress. Especially now, we may feel these emotions due to the ongoing pandemic. Prior to 2020, working remotely was already a progressive trend for several employers. Between 2005 and 2018 alone, the number of at-home employees increased by 170%. The COVID-19 pandemic only aided in accelerating this great shift, as many businesses have requested their nonessential workers to work from the safety of their home.

While many employees are content with adapting to new routines that don’t involve lengthy commutes or stiff work clothes, working pet owners are facing some added challenges. Their adored four-legged friend may start asking for a lot more care and attention now that you are home more often, but you’re expected to uphold the same high levels of productivity when you were working in the office. So, what can working pet owners do?

 

Adding Extra Activities

It’s important to first consider the situation from your pet’s perspective. Having you home more often and for longer periods of time can throw off the normal schedule that they’re used to. To help your favorite fur-baby feel more comfortable with the changes, create new and fun routines such as walking your dog more frequently or setting aside playdates for your cat. These changes could relieve any additional anxiety and encourage a more peaceful environment at home. A relaxed pet also means less destructive and/or distracting behavior.

 

The Benefits Of Having A Furry Co-Worker

Despite the additional challenges, owning pets can make the transition to an at-home work environment less stressful. More than 8 in 10 pet parents stated that spending extra time with their animal friends has helped alleviate stress. Furthermore, two-thirds of owners reported that they’re actually happier and more comfortable working from home when their pets are alongside them. Another positive benefit? 7 in 10 pet owners indicated that they’re able to add more physical activity into their schedule by walking or playing with their pet.

For more tips and tricks, check out the following infographic created by a dog resort.

[Guest Blog] 3 Tips For Networking In The New Normal by Reena James

Guest blog by Reena James

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The pandemic brought along many changes, one of which is the idea of the “new normal” for professionals. However, the BBC reports that there is still no way to exactly define what these new normal work changes will finally look like due to the unpredictable course of the pandemic. What they can be sure of is that workers are less likely to find pre-pandemic work structures with more companies offering flexible or hybrid work setups.

Often, the new normal prioritises a hybrid work option where an employee can work from home or at the office – depending on the company’s wishes. But how does this affect the practice of networking where the essence of socialising and meeting new people is important? Read through our tips below to know more about networking in the new normal.

Use LinkedIn to join professional communities

LinkedIn is a social media platform and the largest professional network on the internet. It can help you begin and strengthen professional relationships. Moreover, it is a platform that can help you learn and grow in your career.

As we wrote in our previous post on ‘The 4 Keys to Networking for the Business Generation’, LinkedIn can create successful connections through its lead generation tools. Using LinkedIn to join various communities and groups can allow you to meet industry experts, peers, and other professionals. In addition, it is also a powerful platform that will help you find job opportunities that can offer you the challenge you need.

To use LinkedIn, you must update your profile with relevant information to help you find like-minded people in the same field. It is also helpful to start finding your in-person connections on LinkedIn and widen your network by tapping into mutual connections.

Express what you need from your network

Even though you will likely be networking remotely, you still need to remember traditional networking techniques. Networking is about developing relationships, opportunities, and connections. Communication, no matter through what platform, is essential in networking. It is the foundation that builds your network. Clear communication can help you meet more people who will help you grow along the way.

One of the remote networking tips listed by LHH is being deliberate in what you want from your network, as this is key to building fruitful relationships. You need to express specific intent to prove that you have a clear goal. This helps your network know that you are genuine in your need to connect and learn. Be direct and honest – this will allow you to meet great people

Explore Reddit to pursue your interests

Reddit is more than just forums for fandoms and internet theories. In fact, similar to LinkedIn, Reddit is actually a social news website and forum where you can find specific content and communities. It’s an incredible platform to gain information about niche topics and hobbies. “Subreddits,” the communities within Reddit, range from philosophy, languages, physics, food, celebrity, and work topics.

What is great about Reddit is that you can network in a more casual environment. You can pursue your interests while meeting people who like the same things as you. This way, you can make a connection with people on a deeper level on top of the professional aspect.

The first thing you’ll need to do to join Reddit discussions is create an account. After that, you can easily find subreddits that can suit your interests.

While the new normal has changed a lot about how we work, networking is still a vital part of your career growth – whether in-person or remotely. If you are now a remote worker we hope the above tips are useful.

 

Article contributed by Reena James