Be honest: How many of you out there were hoping your cats would be included in that celebration? When I worked in an office run by other people, I often wished I could bring my furry kids to work with me. I just knew that including them would be beneficial.
And the science backs me up on that. A study from the University of Buffalo found that worker productivity rose when animals were allowed in the office. The researchers suggest that people didn't fall down the clickholes of the web to get a cute pet fix when there were pets in the office. They petted the office pets instead. (And they probably got some networking done during those petting sessions.)
|Cat and mouse (get it?)|
For this Sunday Selfie Series, hosted by The Cat On My Head, I thought I might point out a few rare drawbacks of working with a cat.
Let's start with paper planning. Sometimes, I need to review things like contracts or invoices during the course of my work. These things are printed out, and I need to mark up that printer. But, to Popoki, a spread-out piece of paper is an absolutely fabulous bed.
Yeah, I am not going to be able to review that document.
Cats also like to be where you are and see what you are seeing. And young cats like Popoki are remarkably agile, so they hop up and get down on a very regular basis. It is not at all uncommon for Popoki to walk across my desk and block my screen while I am trying to type. And she has, more than once, typed a few letters with her paws during her travels.
She also likes to sleep very close to working equipment. Like this.
Her head is right in the spot I'd like to use while moving the mouse. She does this a lot.
And finally, there's the hair factor. All pets are covered in fur, and all of that fur has to go somewhere when it is dead and is no longer useful to the pet. That discarded fur can fly around and clock up machinery, including computer vents and printer vents. So having pets in an office means spending time every week with canned air and a vacuum to take out the blockage.
Is all of this work worth it? Absolutely.
Let's face it: Some days at work can be downright depressing or stressful. Having a cuddly kitten like this on hand can smooth out the rough spots in my day and help me stay motivated to do better in the future.
For my 2 cents, I think every office should have cats. Just think of all of the awesome selfies we could get!
Thanks, as usual, to our hosts for this selfie series.
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