Working from home has become common in many places since the COVID-19 outbreak began. But it’s not the virus that started remote work. In fact, many jobs allow working from a home office. Compatible jobs include writing, editing, software engineering, web designing, content marketing, social media managing, accounting, and customer service, just to name a few.
For those who have an emotional support animal and a full-time job, it can be hard to spend the majority of your time at home with your beloved pet. If your job can be done remotely, though, there are quite a few benefits.
Do ESAs affect productivity levels for remote workers?
You might think that working from home with a pet running around could put a damper on productivity, but the opposite may actually be true. One study showed that having a pet in the office can actually heighten levels of productivity while alleviating everyday office stressors.
When it comes to remote workers, being able to stay home with their emotional support animal has the same effect by lowering stress levels that may be caused by work-related issues, or other things such as worrying about your pet while you’re away. Worrying and stress can put a damper on how well you do your job by leading to distraction, an inability to focus, and decreased memory and learning functions.
9 benefits of working at home with pets
1. Stress less
Being around your emotional support animal leads to decreased levels of stress. That’s why you have one in the first place – to help alleviate everyday stress and manage anxieties. When it comes to working from home with your ESA present, the stress of work may feel less heavy if you have your animal to turn to when work gets a little too hectic.
2. Increased levels of happiness
You love spending time with your pet. It gives you an overall level of happiness that you wouldn’t otherwise have if it weren’t for their presence. Working from home gives you that level of happiness all day long! Instead of waiting for five o’clock to rush home to your pet, you can be with them all day long. This gives you ample time to both work and spend some quality time with your ESA.
At first thought, it may seem like working from home would make you less productive than a formal office setting. However, recent studies have actually shown that remote workers are often more productive than their office counterparts. This is because there is less of a struggle when it comes to a work-life balance, as well as less time off needed for mental health days or illnesses.
Remote workers also have the ability to break when they need to, as opposed to during a specific time, which makes their time actually working more productive than if it were forced upon them.
4. It’s easier to get exercise
When you’re commuting to the office, taking your emotional support animal for a morning and/or afternoon walk may seem like a difficult feat. After all, spending all day at work and commuting can be tiring and take a huge mental toll. People who work from home have more time to exercise by eliminating the time it takes to travel to the office, and more exercise means a happier you – and a happier ESA.
5. You can save money
Leaving your emotional support animal at home alone all day may not always be possible. The costs associated with pet daycares, dog walkers, or sitters can easily add up. Working from home gives you the opportunity to keep an eye on your ESA yourself, and saves you the high costs you could accrue through having them taken care of while you’re at your office.
6. Pets can provide work motivation
Since being around your emotional support animal improves both happiness levels and productivity, it can also lead to a heightened level of work motivation. When you feel as though you have to get certain things done on a specific timeline before you get to go home to your beloved pet, it can put a damper on your emotional state. This, in turn, leads to lessened work motivation, because you end up resenting certain aspects of your job, even if you love the work you do.
7. It can increase the bond you have with your ESA
Emotional support animals and their owners share a special bond that can only be formed by spending time together. When an animal is left alone all day, they could develop an air of aloofness towards their owners. This is because they are forced to develop a certain level of independence.
8. It can help keep training on schedule
Training a new pet can be a job all on its own, but being away for a full workday can make it almost impossible to reinforce rules. When you work from home, you’re able to keep rules, schedules, and small training sessions going throughout the day, which will lead to a well-mannered adult emotional support animal. Pets need structure, and remote work options allow you to have that.
9. It’s easier to take a break
Often, an office job can be a working-lunch type of gig. This is because distractions in the office and extra tasks can add up throughout the day. When working from home, these general additions to your workday are all but eliminated from your daily schedule. It’s also easier to take a much-needed break if you don’t have a manager watching over your shoulder or unscheduled tasks thrown at you at the last minute.
Working from home is by far the superior option when it comes to owning an emotional support animal. In today’s technological world, many jobs can be done remotely, and if you’re lucky enough to have one that allows you to work at home, both you and your ESA will benefit greatly.