A Canine employee with an executive title
With an increased need for Mental Health awareness, and protecting ourselves from the very real threat of stress and burn out, what better time for us to recruit a new member to the team!
We were looking for someone with a specific skillset, must be friendly and approachable, be willing to accept commands and be well groomed.
Recent research suggests that animals are scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and depression, with some people claiming their furever friends have literally changed their lives. Many nursing homes and clinical facilities even use animals as therapy and rehabilitation for patients, seeing a reduction in blood pressure and overall well being. We all know the soothing impact of a cat’s purring or the joy on our dog’s face when he chases his favourite ball!
Stroking a pet for even just a couple of minutes releases serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin, which are known as “feed good hormones” which then decrease levels of cortisol, our primary stress hormone. Sounds like a win to us!
Specifically focussing on the older generation, some may be alone which can be incredibly lonely and isolating. Covid restrictions have exacerbated this, but there is a clear link between a man and his best friend. Human – animal interactions can reduce depression, social isolation and provide companionship.
Chief "Barketing" Officer
Without further ado, we are pleased to announce the new addition of the Art of Cloud family, meet Coco the Doberdane pup! This little bundle of joy belongs to Ben, our CEO. She joins us in the office most days, but she is still settling into her new environment and finding her feet (
big HUGE feet!) She’s definitely a productivity booster within the office, but all the rapid growth she’s experiencing requires extensive regeneration (time for a talk with HR? Sleeping on the job is not encouraged here!)
A study by US based Nationwide Pet Insurance in partnership with the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) found that 90% of employees in pet-friendly workplaces feel highly connected to their company’s mission, are fully engaged with their work, and are willing to recommend their employer to others. In contrast, less than 65% of employees in non-pet-friendly workplaces made the same claims.
Nationwide newsroom (June, 17th 2019)