Two's company and three's a crowd... but seven is the magic number in the BusinessComparison office. Marketing Manager, Kerry Fawcett introduces us to the canine clique who keep this team on their feet!
What does your company do?
BusinessComparison is at the brainchild of ex-MoneySuperMarket employees and aims to be at the cutting edge of business comparison innovation, allowing SME’s to quickly compare their essential business supplies. Non-business consumers have become accustomed to comparison websites with plenty of choices and instant pricing given online, but businesses have not had the luxury of a comprehensive comparison website, until now. The mission is to become the first-place businesses turn to when looking to compare products. Turning over £2.5m in the past 12 months and supporting over 320,000 users, BusinessComparison are committed to establishing a brand that puts customers first.
And introduce us to your workplace pet… What’s their name, and what kind of pet are they?
We love dogs of all shapes and sizes! Our regular four-legged visitors include;
o Walter the Chihuahua
o Wilma the Westie X
o Hugo the Cockapoo
o Harry the Tibetan Terrier
o Eddie the Cocker Spaniel
o Doris the Labrador
o Plus Ted, Oreo, Toffee
How did they become your workplace pet?
As the MD is a huge dog lover, bringing dogs to work is actively encouraged!
What’s it like having an animal around the place?
It depends how many are in at once! There is always a massive welcome to them on arrival, which they all love. You’ll find 90% of the team cooing over a dog, just like they would a baby, which may sound distracting, however, it’s not at all. When there’s more than one in, you’ll often hear and see them playing, which is a great source of entertainment.
What made you decide to bring pets into your workplace?
We’re massive dog lovers as a team, and it provides flexibility for those that do own dogs (doggie day care can become expensive when you require it 7 days a week).
Does it have an effect on stress, and on how the whole team works together?
I would say it certainly helps elevate people’s spirits. It brings the team together, often laughing at the antics of the dog’s behaviour.
Any unexpected benefits? Or, indeed, pitfalls?
Unfortunately, not everyone likes dogs and it can be slightly distressing for them. Also, they tend to want to eat everyone’s lunch!
Who’s responsible for walking, feeding, cleaning… any of the ‘less popular’ jobs?
The owner is responsible for their dog, including if it has an accident in the middle of the office!
Ever find it a distraction?
It’s only distracting when they arrive, make a mess or are just being plain nuts. This isn’t a bad thing; it makes people laugh and gives them something to talk about. It provides a common ground and actually brings a team together.
What would you tell other people who were reluctant to take in an office pet?
f your working environment allows, give it a go. It doesn’t have to be every day, however, you could make it a monthly event. See how your team come together.
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