Multiple studies have found that dog owners are less likely to suffer
from depression, have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and
dog owners over age 65 make 30% fewer
visits to the doctor.
It doesn’t matter whether they’re
doctors, lawyers, plumbers, police officers, or anything else.
Managers who’ve attended my seminars from California to New
York say the same thing…
“My job would be so easy if I didn’t have to deal with
As the battle for virtual
assistants (Siri, Amazon Echo, Google Home, etc.) heats up, I
wonder if they’ll ever get good enough to start replacing
It sounds preposterous, but as self-driving cars
get closer to reality, I can’t help but wonder.
looked at our twin Westies and pondered whether anything could
ever replace humans in the workplace, it occurred to me how much
easier management would be if you could hire dogs.
They’re Not Job Hoppers
No seeing eye dog (or service dog of any type) has ever quit
their job. They stay at it until they’re forced into retirement.
They’re Sincerely Happy to See
You Every Morning
My pet peeve is when employees
don’t say “Good Morning”. I once had an employee I sarcastically
called “Sunshine” because she was such a grouch in the mornings.
When I look back at all the dogs I’ve owned over the years,
every single one has been so excited to see me first thing in
the day that it was if I had been away for weeks. If employees
were that cheerful, everyone would be eager to come to work.
I learned years ago to hire the best people money can buy, pay
them well, and reward them with nice bonuses. While I know
that’s a smart business move, it chaps my hide when
employees are ungrateful for me
paying them more than I have to.
On the other hand, I’ve
never had a dog that wasn’t grateful. One of our Westies is a
Rescue Dog we saved from the dog pound. We call her Grateful
Katie because she often jumps in our laps while wagging her tail
90 mph, just looks at us and smiles as if to say “Thank you for
saving me from death row”, and then jumps down.
4. They Always Remain Motivated
No matter how much you like your job, it can get boring to
repeat the same work every day. But every canine with a job,
from hunting dogs to drug sniffing dogs, will pull your arm off
if you don’t let them off the leash to perform the task they’re
trained to do – even if they’ve done it 1,000 times.
never had a dog use my company’s computer to type up their
resume, look for another job on my time, or leave for greener
pastures. (And then reapply for their old job when they found
out the grass wasn’t greener on the other side of the fence.)
I know it’s politically incorrect to compare people to dogs.
But is it so unreasonable to expect virtues like
loyalty, gratitude, and a strong work ethic from humans?
If you’re a
human who exhibits these qualities, I guarantee you'll never
have a problem finding a good job.
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