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10% of Brits Worry about Leaving their Pets When Returning to the Office

10% of Brits Worry About Leaving their Pets When Returning to the Office

Remote working has become the norm for many UK workers. There are numerous advantages to working from home, including saving money and time on commuting. Remote workers have used their time at home in innovative ways – and many of them prefer the new set up. There are fewer distractions from co-workers, less travel back and forth to meetings and more time with our pets.

However, of course, there are some aspects of office work that many remote workers miss. In a recent survey by flyer printing specialist instantprint, over a third of remote workers said they missed the small talk of the office. They mainly missed the social aspect of work-life and gossiping and taking a proper lunch break. One in ten remote workers are concerned about leaving their pet at home all day when they return to their usual workplace.

Nearly a third of people got a new pet during the pandemic, so it comes as no surprise that those individuals are now worried about leaving their pet at home all day. Pets provided us with comfort and company during lockdown, making the isolated lifestyle a little smoother. Remote workers, in particular, bonded with their pets during lockdown and spent most of their time together.

As the working world begins to transition back to office work, remote workers are considering how they can bring their pets to work. If they can’t bring their pets to work, young pet owners are considering rehoming their animals to give them a better quality of life. It seems pet owners are concerned about the amount of time their pet would spend alone and whether they are better off with a more present family.

However, some employers plan to adopt a more flexible approach to office work in the near future. They are looking into pet-friendly policies, whereby owners can bring their pets to the office or work partly remotely to spend time with their animals. There are numerous benefits of a pet-friendly workspace – and dogs, primarily, are known to minimise stress levels and increase endorphin levels.

 In fact, in Banfield’s new survey, a whopping 67% of employers noticed an increased level of socialisation between employees when pets were present. Employees are more likely to come to work when there are pets in the office, and nearly half of employees are more productive.

Moreover, the hybrid working model is likely to come into place over the next few months. Employees will be able to work for half the week, and from the office for the other half. In some cases, employees can choose how they balance remote and office work as everyone has different preferences.

With a hybrid approach to working, employees will be able to embrace the best of both worlds. They can socialise at work and spend time with their pets at home. This should also help employees save money on commuting every day and wasting time travelling to conferences and meetings.

Technology will play a huge part in the business world moving forward. Video calls are likely to be used for smaller meetings, and in-person meetings will be reserved for particularly important conferences. Some of the UK’s biggest employers are adopting this new approach to work so that staff can balance office and remote work.

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