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    • 22 Jan, 2019

    Mayhew dogs ‘paw up’ with global firm Edelman to combat workplace stress

    On Blue Monday (Monday 21 January), said to be the most depressing day of the year, we brought some cheer to global communications firm Edelman with a doggy de-stress session.

    Our TheraPaws dogs don’t just help vulnerable, elderly or unwell people – we also see first-hand how interaction with an animal can also have a noticeable impact on the general wellbeing and productivity of corporate teams, and a significant positive effect on the mental health and happiness of individuals.

    Research has suggested that after taking time out of a busy day to play with or stroke an animal, employees of any industry are likely to feel better equipped to deal with any ongoing challenge* and often communicate better with colleagues.

    In 2018 our TheraPaws dogs visited a variety of corporate offices across London, including Buzzfeed, Channel 4 and Audible UK. Staff members across each business told us that seeing our dogs “really brightened up [my] day”, with one employee going on to say “Being around dogs makes me so happy. Just the thought of seeing Mayhew today cheered me up. I’m at stress level zero right now.”

    Edelman are amongst a large number of companies that recognise the benefits of wagging their way to a stress free working environment, and as well as their Blue Monday introductory session, have also booked quarterly visits from TheraPaws dogs to enrich their staff’s working lives throughout the year.

    Investing in employee’s mental health is an important consideration for any business, on Blue Monday and every other day, and through TheraPaws, Mayhew is proud to be able to offer such an innovative and mutually beneficial programme for both human and animal welfare.

    Our TheraPaws dogs adore the extra love, care and attention they receive at Edelman and elsewhere, and are available for even more appointments throughout 2019. Head here to find out more about our corporate visits.

    * Opinion expressed by Aaron Katcher, m.d Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, speaking to www.bustle.com (April 2018)

     

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