Justin Tang • October 24, 2023

In today's fast-paced world, where personal and professional lives often blur, it's essential to remember that our well-being isn't determined by productivity alone. Our connections – with people and pets – play a significant role in our mental and emotional health. For many, pets, especially dogs, are family. And at Werqwise, we believe in embracing what matters most to our community. That's why we're proud to offer pet-friendly coworking spaces.

A Silver Lining: The Rise in Dog Adoptions During COVID-19​

COVID-19 reshaped the world in ways we could never have imagined. But in the midst of challenges, there were glimmers of hope and positivity. One such heartwarming trend was the rise in dog adoptions.

Across the globe, countless individuals and families opened their homes and hearts to four-legged companions, offering them love, shelter, and a new lease on life. With more people working from home during lockdowns, many found the perfect opportunity to adopt, fostering deeper connections with their new furry family members. In the U.S. alone, shelters and rescue groups reported a significant uptick in dog adoptions, as nearly 23 million American households* (1 in 5) adopted a pet during the pandemic, with some even running out of adoptable pets at certain times!

The Cost of Pet Care: Boarding & Dog Walkers

Adopting a pet is a rewarding experience, but it does come with responsibilities, including addressing their needs when you're away. Dog boarding facilities and dog walkers provide invaluable services. However, they also come with a price tag, which can strain budgets, especially for those who work long hours or travel frequently.

By allowing dogs in our coworking spaces, we help members save on these additional costs. Instead of worrying about Fido at home or the expenses of hiring a dog walker, our members can bring their pets to work, ensuring they're cared for throughout the day.

Emotional Benefits: Working Alongside Your Best Friend

There's ample evidence suggesting that pets, especially dogs, offer numerous emotional and psychological benefits. Dogs have been known to:

  • Reduce Stress: The simple act of petting a dog can decrease levels of stress hormones, regulate breathing, and lower blood pressure.

  • Boost Morale: Their unconditional love and playful nature can uplift spirits, making challenging tasks seem more manageable.

  • Promote Social Interaction: Dogs can act as social catalysts. People are more likely to strike up conversations, fostering a sense of community and collaboration in the workplace.

Addressing Separation Anxiety in Pets

It's not just humans who benefit. Many dogs experience separation anxiety when left alone. Symptoms can range from mild discomfort to severe distress, including excessive barking, destructive behavior, and even depression...

By allowing pets in our coworking spaces, we provide them with a stimulating environment, reducing the chances of separation anxiety. It's a win-win for both dogs and their owners: dogs get to spend the day surrounded by activity and their favorite human, and owners can work with peace of mind, knowing their pet is happy and safe.

Coming Soon: Dog Days Happy Hour, January 2024!

To celebrate our pet-friendly policy and the deep bonds we share with our furry friends, we're thrilled to announce our Dog Days Happy Hour in January 2024! This event promises a blend of networking, fun, and tail-wagging joy.

Members will have the chance to mingle, share pet stories, and perhaps even set up puppy playdates. Expect treats (for both humans and dogs), photo booths, and maybe a few surprise activities that will have everyone barking with joy!

In conclusion, at Werqwise, we believe in a holistic approach to work-life integration. Our pet-friendly spaces aren't just a perk; they're a testament to our commitment to the well-being of our members and their furry family members. Because when it comes to enhancing workplace productivity and happiness, sometimes all you need is a wagging tail and a friendly woof!