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Paws for a minute! Carmichael UK offices are visited by furry friends

Ellena Tangi

January 26, 2018

In 2016/17, there were reportedly 526,000 workers suffering from work-related stress, depression or anxiety. This accounted for 12.5 million working days lost due to ill-health caused by work-related issues.

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving our mental and physical wellbeing at work, the CarmichaelUK offices organise quarterly ‘Wellness at Work Sessions’ to encourage employees to take some time out of their working day to focus on themselves.

So far, our sessions have included meditation, yoga and breathing classes and a wellbeing walk in the countryside and today we were visited by doggie friends for some play time!

Our Thame office was joined by Sid, the black Labrador who belongs to Richard our Operations Director. As well as three pups from Hearing Dogs for Deaf people.Chilli is a three-year-old Cockerpoo who is currently a demonstrator dog. Ginny the Cocker Spaniel is 8 and a retired breeding dog. Hebe is a 2-year-old Cocker Spaniel who is so perfect she’s been selected for the breeding programme.They were joined by their socialiser, Fiona who has been a volunteer with Hearing Dogs for 12 years.

        

Our London office was joined by Bernie the golden Labrador. Bernie’s owner and London’s Wellness at Work Champion, Helen Egner said “It’s been fantastic having Bernie in the office. Staff moved from their desks to go and talk to each other and visit Bernie rather than emailing and phoning one other. At lunchtime, some of our staff joined Bernie and I for a walk in the park to exercise and got some fresh air.”

Medical research and observation going back over two centuries have established that there are health and well-being benefits from being around animals. Studies show that interactions with animals can decrease stress in humans. Our dog day visibly improved the mood in both offices, and effectively took people away from their desks (for a few minutes at least!) Of course, not everybody is a dog lover and this has to be taken into consideration, however one member of staff has changed their outlook and can’t wait for the dogs to return.

Click here to read about our last Wellness at Work sessions!