Hi I’m Clover, Abley’s latest recruit in the Auckland office. I put my paw up to give you a dog’s eye view of what it's like to work here.
I’m a very cute 7 year old Spoodle. My Dad (Colin MacArthur) brought me into the office about 3 months ago after the dog walker called in sick.
It was a great experience and I got to meet the rest of the team who are fortunately all dog lovers (I think Chris has a cat, but I’m not Felinist). I don’t want to wag my own tail, but I like to think I offered a bit of calmness to the office on that day, and the team must have agreed, as I was soon employed on a part-time basis as a "Stress Relief Consultant".
My basic responsibility is to go from desk to desk with my big brown eyes and look expectantly at each individual, raise my paw, turn my head slightly as if I have just heard a noise for the first time and can’t work out what it is, and if necessary give a little whine or woof. I encourage them to stroke me (I get my fur washed especially the night before so my fur is at its luxuriant best) as this has been scientifically proven to reduce stress. Things can get pretty busy in the office and the team can get a little hot under the collar, something I have a lot of experience with.
I think I am doing a good job because in my recent 630 day review (90 in human days) I got lots of positive comments from the team “Who’s a good girl Clover”, and “You are so cute Clover” and “Your coat is so soft Clover” and so on. I feel proud of the work I do because it has such positive results.
It’s not all dog treats however and occasionally I get asked to "sit", "lie down", or "roll over". Recently I was given the opportunity to go on a “Shake Hands” course at the local kennel which was great. I love learning new skills that I can apply at the office.
I also encourage the team to exercise and take them out on regular walkies which gets the heart rate up and gets them out of the office which is a good thing...you know what engineers and IT people are like?! They barely move from their desk without encouragement which can be pretty ruff on the body.
The remuneration package is pretty good, I get doggy treats throughout the day with a Pedigree Chum saver scheme. I also get a monthly bone-us which is worth wagging your tail for.
If you don’t believe what a positive effect I have on the office then just read this article which proves my point.
Well I can’t sit here all day, I have humans to de-stress.