5 Benefits of Making Your Office Dog Friendly

During the pandemic many of us had a four-legged companion to sit alongside us whilst we worked from home. But can this be replicated in a workplace environment? We look at the 5 benefits of making a dog-friendly office.

Now there’s nothing quite like a day in the office when your commute was delay-free, you have time to grab a coffee from your favourite spot and you nab the comfiest office chair because you’re on time (for once). Wondering what more could you want from a morning in the office? The answer is a dog!

It’s not just the owner that gets to benefit from having a four-legged friend around, a dog-friendly attitude in the workplace can benefit your whole team. Here are 5 reasons why!

1 Boost Morale

Here at Impact, we’re lucky to be dog friendly, and our team love it. Pets make us happy, and we seem to make them happy too. Allowing pets into the workspace can increase a healthy work environment. It can bring teams together by talking to other employees you might not usually work alongside or cheering you up if you’ve had a bad day in the office!

2 Reduce Stress

It’s proven that pets can reduce stress and increase oxytocin levels when we interact with them. This benefit means that employees can stay calm and relaxed in a busy work environment and become more capable of reaching those pesky deadlines.

3 Increase Employee Wellbeing

Having a dog in a workplace helps to increase staff morale and wellbeing. Not only this but they can often help defuse disagreements and improve collaboration and work relationships through the need for lots of ‘good boy’ belly rubs. Studies show that employers that take on a dog-friendly working environment have happy and long-standing employees.

4 Drive Recruitment Competitiveness

Once upon a time dog-friendly offices were just a rare work perk, now it’s become an essential part of the criteria for job hunters. Not only this but utilising this perk and sharing pictures of the office pup on your social media will show that your company demonstrates a positive work environment and inviting office culture. A key factor for job seekers!

5 Help Improve Productivity

Now, this point may seem a little far-fetched (no pun intended), but studies have shown that taking short breaks throughout the day, especially with a computer-facing job, can help employees regain focus, boost energy and combat that well-known mid-afternoon slump! May this be with a walk in the park during lunch, a quick belly rub or company whilst making an afternoon cuppa in the office kitchen.

 

Now we know this isn’t for everyone, and there may be some obstacles in the way. So be sure to read our office hosts WeWork’s tips for owners to make sure their pup is the pawfect addition.

Mock Interview: Partnership with Pimlico Academy

As part of Impact Recruitment Agency successful social impact and ongoing partnership with London schools, we recently teamed up with Pimlico Academy.

We all know leaving school and heading into the world of work can be daunting for young adults! Thanks to WeWork, we were able to host a series of mock interviews for 20 promising Year 11 students from Pimlico Academy school in South West London with our knowledgeable recruitment team.

Hosted in the incredible WeWork Old Street space, the Impact team set up a series of mock interviews with the students. Our goal? To help the young students understand the concept of an interview process, and to help them navigate the world of the workplace!

The group of fantastic well put together young professionals were ready to take on the working world. Armed with their polished CVs, and engaging conversations the students were ready to discover more about the interviewing process!

Not only did the group of students conduct themselves in a professional manner throughout. It was also a fantastic opportunity for Impact to provide support and guidance and to have the privilege to be a part of the early stages of their professional development. We see amazing things for these students on the horizon and thank them for their feedback on their learning experience with the Impact team.

We’d also like to thank WeWork for their support in providing us with 2 meeting rooms and for making the students feel welcome on their visit, we couldn’t do it without you!

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Kyran – Our Newest Promotion!

We are thrilled to announce our latest in-house promotion here at Impact creative recruitment agency. The wonderful Kyran has now been promoted from associate to creative consultant!

Here at Impact Agency, it’s important to recognise achievements and no one deserves a promotion more than Kyran! He specialises in product and creative roles, and has quickly transitioned into a key member of the Impact team.

With a trained eye for design and creativity he specialises in Creative, production and Design roles, ranging across digital design to graphics, motion, video production and more.

Congrats Kyran, we can’t wait to see you excel as the new Impact recruitment creative consultant!

Looking for a creative role? Check out our latest opportunities now, and follow us on Instagram for more staff insights!

Erica – Our Latest Promotion!

We are delighted to announce Erica’s promotion to Consultant in our Permanent Support Division.

It’s important to recognise achievements within Impact and no one deserves it more than Erica. She transitioned from events management into Recruitment, making her mark instantly and her progress has been remarkable!

Erica has an excellent work ethic; natural relationship-building skills and a willingness to learn and develop.

She’s also contributed to Impact’s culture and is a hugely popular member of the team.

Erica’s remit will focus in supporting Michelle in the continued success of Impact’s permanent support division during a very busy period!

Congrats Erica, we are proud of you and are looking forward to you being a star consultant!

Unclear about Data Protection?

Unclear about Data Protection? Impact and Stone King have you covered!

Having just got comfortable (ish) with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), now that the UK has left the EU, a new “UK version” of the GDPR is on the way.

So, potentially, organisations will need to understand not one but two versions of the GDPR; the UK GDPR and the EU GDPR.

Impact are delighted to partner with Paula Williamson, Partner & Head of Information Law at Stone King LLP who will lead our discussion and answer your questions on all things data protection.

Understand the key changes to UK data protection law as a result of Brexit and whether we are in for a rough ride or plain sailing.

We will cover data breaches; how to recognise one, how to handle them and how to prevent them.

You’ll also have the opportunity to share your top data protection queries and our legal partner will tackle them in our Q&A Session.

This breakfast event will be held on Thursday 23rd April at 08.30 – 10.00am.  Register your interest at enquiries@impact-london.com