Hilarious Pictures of Dogs Working From Home
Many people work from home (WFH) nowadays, and we've found that some coworkers are more cuddly than the ones at the office.
Don't worry. These workers will not make your business go to the dogs. In fact, they are dogs, and they are happy to help their owners have great workdays. Our fuzzy work friends also have plenty of productivity hacks.
See for yourself in the growing #WorkFromHome club.
The Fire Hydrant Can Be Improved ...
When you’re working from home, it’s easy to forget just how long you’ve been staring at the screen.
Try following the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away from the screen and focus on something 20 yards away for 20 seconds.
This should help reduce eye strain.
Less Money for Clothes Means More for the Office
Since remote workers are not required to wear pants, and you don't need more clothes to cycle into the workweek, consider investing that money into your workspace.
A comfortable chair is a must, or perhaps a standing desk will boost productivity.
When You Need that Midday Nap
Working from home and feeling tired? A nap might be in order.
Some experts recommend a quick 15-20-minute power nap during the day to increase work performance. Many tech companies, like Google, have office nap pods just for this.
But when you’re working at home, you have your very own bed.
When The Boss Is Mad at You
Did you know the first pet insurance policy for a dog was written in 1924? It happened in Sweden.
Britain started writing pet insurance policies in 1947, while the first dog to receive pet insurance in the United States was none other than Lassie in 1982.
The Strategy Here Is to Get More Food in the Bowl
The pet industry is worth an estimated $99 billion, with over a third of that revenue generated from pet food and treats.
OK, Let's Focus Here
When you’re working from home, it’s best to keep the distractions to a minimum, especially the news (and yes, even all of those adorably cute dog captions on Instagram).
Turn off your TV and put on something you can focus with. For some people, podcasts are good. For others, they’re too distracting.
Some people find that white noise is the perfect, productivity-boosting balance between silence and music.
Hello, Let Me Reduce Your Stress
Even though these dogs work at home, pets in the workplace can help.
One study found that having pets in the office can reduce stress and boost productivity.
Those Business Books on Tape Can Be Kinda Boring
While there's no science to prove it, dog music is a thing.
Although it's not exactly an industry, most dog music is given away for free or can be found on Spotify.
There's no science behind any of it yet, either.
Helping the Parents Work
Millennials like to pamper their pets.
They spend about $1,285 each year on dogs, mostly because they're giving them gifts and other nonessential stuff.
Yes. The Human Is Taking Good Notes.
In fact, 78 percent of dog owners bought a gift for their pet during the holiday season, according to one 2019 study.
Have You Tried Turning It off and on Again? Peeing on It?
The United States has the fifth-highest pet population in the world, and 50 percent of all American pet owners own a dog.
Getting That Post-Work Workout In
If you want to boost your productivity at work, don't forget to sweat.
Regular exercise has a host of benefits, including faster learning, enhanced creativity and improved concentration, according to the Harvard Business Review.
Boss, the Software Crashed and I Ate the Expense Reports
Want a show dog? It'll cost you.
A first-rate doggo who will run the ramps and place best in show can cost up to $250,000.
A lot of that cost will be in advertising your dog, weirdly enough.
On the Job Training
Training your pet is a lot easier than training to take care of pets.
Veterinarians require eight years of study (four years of undergrad, four years to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine).
A doctorate in veterinarian medicine is expensive and cots about $200,000 on average, and that doesn't include undergrad tuition costs.
Hmm, Yes, Things Are in Order
Vets are paid well, but not necessarily commiserate with those $200,000 in loans.
The typical vet starts out at $81,571 per year as of 2018, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Some Extracurricular Reading to Advance the Career
According to one study, the average dog can learn 165 words while the smartest dogs, those in the top 20 percent, can learn 250.
Their intelligence level is on par with a 2-year-old human baby.
I've Looked Over Your Notes. They're Definitely Notes.
Theodore Roosevelt's pet pooch was once the subject of a political smear campaign.
Political rivals claimed Fala, Roosevelt’s black Scottish terrier, had cost the taxpayers millions because Roosevelt accidentally left his dog behind in Alaska.
Then, the opposing campaign alleged, Roosevelt had sent a destroyer ship back to the islands to fetch Fala, all at the taxpayer’s expenses of up to $20 million.
The whole thing was a lie, and Roosevelt made fun of it in a speech he gave in 1944.
What Do You Mean I'm Not Paid in Treats? What's Cash?
Some dog lovers are willing to go beyond just the average sweatshirt.
High-end dog boutiques, which are now a thing, sell designer dog clothes for several hundred dollars.
A puff camo dog jacket from Very Important Puppies runs $337.
The Conclusions You've Reached Are Quite Puzzling
The most expensive dog in the world is reportedly a Tibetan mastiff, which sold for $1.95 million in China in 2014.
These Toys ... I Can't Get Them to Squeak. Please Advise.
That bed behind this tech support dog is probably $30-$60, like most dog beds.
But some dog beds are laughably expensive, like the Magniflex gold-thread pet mattress, which retails between $1,000 and $3,000.
Hang on Guys, I Think I Left the Doggy Door Open
While you may have heard of people making their pets the beneficiaries in their will – which does happen — your dog won’t actually inherit your house and belongings.
However, money can be set aside to create a trust (managed by a human) loaded with money to be used for the pets.
In 2015, a New York City woman left a $100,000 trust for her cat, dog and 32 cockatiels, along with specific caring instructions.
Don't Talk to Me Before My Morning Coffee, Boss.
While this pupper may look like he needs a cup of coffee, dogs definitely should not have caffeine.
On the plus side, while you're working from home, you won't be spending so much on coffee.
Sir, Please Stop Yelling into the Phone.
One of the reasons this dog might look stressed is because he's in tech support, which has an average base pay of just $35,199 per year, according to Glassdoor.
Hmph. That Meeting Could Have Been an Email
This dog might be grumpy because he just got out of a meeting that he didn't feel was particularly useful.
In fact, one study found that 67 percent of workers believe that meetings are keeping them from getting work done.
You See, Sir, I Can Do Your Job Better Than You, and Just for Pettings
In 2019, the average salary growth in 2020 was predicted to be 3 percent in the United States.
Given recent events, that's unlikely.
Sigh ... She Wants to Speak to the Manager
Do you ever feel less productive in the summer? So does everyone else.
Experts say that great weather leads to the anticipation of doing something else — that is, anything but work — which drops our productivity level.
Why Hello, Coworker. I've Taken Your Desk.
Is your workplace turning toxic? It’s a large concern for some workers, who fear that their workplace may turn toxic — and it can only take one person to change the culture.
If this is something you’re struggling with, check out our guide on how to deal with a toxic workplace for advice.
My Next Presentation: Woof, the Art of the Bark
A great presentation is a good way to garner the respect of your colleagues, but not all jobs require presentations.
If you're looking for ways to boost your reputation at work, we have some tips for you.
I've Just Had a Brilliant Idea. Edible Poop Bags!
Dogs with power chewers are probably familiar with Kong toys, one of the better pet inventions of the last 40 years.
The toys were founded by Joe Markham, who needed something tougher to give Fritz, his German shepherd, who liked to chew on rocks. Markham discarded a rubber-covered, snowman-shaped part from his Volkswagen Bus. Fritz loved it, and the idea for Kong toys was born.
Today, the company brings in around $12.24 million in revenue each year.
Hello, This Is Ace
Looking for a solid name for your dog?
The most popular dog names include Ace for boys and Abby for girls.
I Do Not Agree With These Orders
When working from home, you might feel that the 9-5 schedule is too restrictive, especially when the family is around.
The Harvard Business Review recommends putting up "temporal boundaries" like an away message, or telling colleagues you might be slower than usual to reply.
You're Not Allocating Enough Time for Ball
Many experts recommend putting on work clothes during your work hours and then changing when the day is done.
Try it out, and see if it works for you, or if you work better in sweats.
Oh, Look, What's That?!
If you’re easily distracted from work while you’re working from home, it might be time to install some productivity-increasing extensions.
The extension StayFocused limits the time you can spend on time-sucking sites like Reddit.
The extension Citrus simply blocks sites and also has a notes function to organize your thoughts.
After This, I Think I'll Look for Remote Work Only
Businesses are slowly moving toward an environment that embraces remote working, even if it’s only part of the time.
According to the most recent data from Gallup, 43 percent of employees had worked remotely in some capacity in 2016, up from 39 percent in 2012.
Thirty-one percent of all employees polled worked remotely 80 to 100 percent of the time.
Fifty-four percent of office workers say they'd switch a standard 9-5 office job for one that offered flexible work hours.
I Can Buy Treats Online?!
Here’s one way working from home will make you happier: According to Flex Jobs, remote workers save around $4,000 more each year than those who work in the office.
Work Is Done Now. It's Time to Play
The average remote worker gets about 105 hours of more free time each year, thanks to zero commute time and less rigid schedules, according to a study from the Centre for Economics and Business Research.
That’s more time to play with your dog.
I've Picked Up a Side Gig as a Bartender
Dogs have to drink 8.5 to 17 ounces per every 10 pounds, per Caesar's Way.
But while a dog might be smart enough to fetch you a beer, they should definitely not drink alcohol.
I'm Drowning in Work, Boss, But I'll Be Rich Some Day
While dogs can’t directly inherit their master’s fortune, some pets have exceedingly large trust funds.
One dog, Gunther IV, was said to have been the world’s wealthiest animal, reportedly having inherited a $200 million trust in 2000.
Heading to Work Is the Best
Office workers have some benefits, though. Mingling with coworkers can increase collaboration and create a stronger foundation for the team.
Remote work also has its pitfalls. Some may feel lonely or isolated, and home interruptions can be more frequent at home than in an office.
Some After-Work Drinks, Anyone?
Being a remote worker can be isolating, especially if you’re used to an office environment.
Some companies, like the Seattle-based marketing firm, Steyer Content, hold virtual happy hours to keep the team feeling like a team.
Let Me Help You With That
The average cost it takes to raise a small dog is about $2,674 dollars for the first year.
A large dog requires about $3,239.
And a giant breed takes around $3,536 for that first year, according to the American Kennel Club (those figures factor in one serious illness).
We Need to Have an All-Hands-on-Deck Meeting About the Inadequate State of Feeding Times.
Some dogs cost more than others, depending on their breed. For example, Staffordshire terriers often have allergies and other health issues.
The most expensive dog breeds may cost a bit more in the end, but they repay it with love.
Feeling the Midday Slump
Another positive for remote workers, both for the worker and the employer, is that remote workers take less sick days.
According to an Indeed study, 56 percent of workers polled said they took less sick days once they started working from home.
We Need to Talk About Your Performance
However, some remote workers are worried that a lack of visibility in the workplace can put them at the bottom of the list when it comes to promotions.
Plus, they don’t think their colleagues will go to bat for them as often, according to the same Indeed study.
When's Dinner, Boss?
How much you spend on your dog varies greatly.
Some people are willing to pay exorbitant amounts on their pup’s diet. One of the most expensive dog foods is Ziwi Peak Air-Dried Dog Food, which retails for $23 a pound.
That’s on par with a pound of filet mignon.
I Will Get You Through the Day as a Desk Ornament
Those who are in the gig industry may want to consider dog walking in the future.
A dog walker receives about $14.69 per hour, with a low end of $9.72 and a high end of $25.63, according to PayScale.
These Numbers Are Troubling
If you’re finding yourself working from home and don’t have a furry friend, consider adopting one. It’ll take the burden off of shelters, which are expensive to operate.
A shelter can spend around $35,000 a month just on food and supplies for dogs, not counting the thousands in veterinary care and cleaning supplies.
Sir, You'll Have to Speak Up. I'm About to Bark
While dogs are awesome, they can also be a distraction (just like coworkers).
When working from home, keep your workstation distraction-free as much as possible. That might mean shutting the door and putting a "Do Not Disturb" sign on it, or agreeing with your spouse or housemates or kids for some set quiet hours (if possible).
Keep your dog busy with puzzle toys.
You Haven't Answered Your Slack in 15 Minutes!
Our final work from home tip: Set some boundaries.
It can be really difficult to only work for a set amount of hours each day, and it’s a common occurrence for remote workers to work well past a regular cutoff time.
Set a healthy schedule and try to stick with it. And if you’re finding yourself lonely, why not go on and foster a dog for a little while?
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For more dogs working from home, check out the @dogsworkingfromhome Instagram account.