Tuesday 21st June is officially “Bring Your Dog To Work Day”, an annual nationwide event that aims to raise awareness for the welfare of dogs and also highlight the benefits a dog can bring to an office environment. Here at the HPDL office, we’re lucky enough to have our office dog Gadget, who forms an important part of our Product Design Consultancy business. Today seems as good a day as any to tell you more about our four-legged colleague.
Gadget is a five year old Collie with oodles of energy and he makes sure he is part of everything, both in the office and outside. Gadget has his favourite spot by the window so he can keep an eye out for any visitors. He’s always first at the door and say hello when anyone pays us a visit too!
Gadget is owned by Company Director Chris. He says “Gadget makes up an important part of who we are, and he really is part of the team. There’s been an increasing amount of research to suggest that dogs in the workplace reduce stress and nurture productivity. It’s certainly the case here. He is always able to raise a smile and he never gets tired of showing you how much he appreciates you with a friendly wag of the tail”.
The HPDL office is based only a stone’s throw from a huge beautiful beach at Teignmouth. The nature of our work as Product Designers means that we often need to take a break away from the computer screens and what better way to do this than by taking the dog out for a quick walk to clear the head and see things differently.
Chris continues “Dogs give you cheerful attention regardless of what else is going on in your life. If you are having a difficult day for whatever reason, a dog gives you unconditional love and that can’t help but make you feel better. The HPDL staff here all appreciate the presence of Gadget and I see how he wags his tail faster and faster as he arrives at the office, so I know he likes being here too!”