Being around animals can be therapeutic, as it creates a calming atmosphere. In the midst of deadlines, writing emails and back-to-back meetings, maybe taking a break to spend time with your pooch at the office is a good idea!
I mean, how can you not smile looking down at my pal, Jake's face?
There are even 100 percent pet-friendly offices, where animals get to roam every day, not just once a year.
If you are thinking of bringing your pup to the office, make sure to bring all his accessories, including a water and food bowl, leash and some toys. It's a good ideas to clear it with your boss first and to ask around just in case any of your coworkers have fears or allergies. Most importantly, have a FUN and productive day!
Take Your Dog to Work Day was created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International to
recognize dogs as great companions, and to encourage adoptions of dogs.
Do you dread it? The obligatory card sneakily passed around in a file folder for the team to sign. The small team gathering in the kitchen with a last minute cake from the bakery down the street, everyone stealing glances at their watches. And the most awkward thing--what gift, if anything, do you give to a coworker you're not close to or don't even really like?
Everyone has had some type of similar awkward birthday experience, so here's a fun twist on how to jazz up office birthday parties: birthday breakfast.
Once a month, have your team (or party planning committee) pool their resources and set a designated day for birthday breakfast. Everyone contributes something-donuts, coffee, homemade breakfast casserole or the cutlery. That way, your coworkers are not bogged down by multitudinous birthdays and the stressors that ensue. This monthly event is anticipated, welcomed and helps your coworkers feel truly celebrated. Happy Birthday Breakfast!
Who doesn’t love the fabulousness of Kate Spade? Especially when it comes to their super chic line of office accessories.
Sayah, The Office Stylist has partnered with My Pretty Office, a division of TwistOP to bring you a contest of total glitz and glamour! (And who doesn't love that?)
One lucky winner will receive a complete Kate Spade set including; acrylic stapler, tape dispenser, letter tray, water bottle, stripe and dot folders, dot notebook, gold pen set, gold pencil cup, gold bow paperclips, and their New York small pad so they can give their office a stylish makeover. The simplicity of the gold and acrylic matches almost anyone’s space!
To enter, click here . And if you can’t see yourself without this amazing set, you can get additional entries by liking
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Sayeh, The Office Stylist is a Lifestyle Expert, Designer and Blogger who believes style should be accessible to all. In her blog, she shares her unique advice with her style savvy followers: everything from how to style your space to ideas on celebrating “bring your pet to work” day. Her expertise on working and living in style has earned her several partnerships with major brands and garnered her attention from ABC News, eHow, People Style Watch, House Beautiful, Lucky Magazine and many more. Visit her website: http://www.theofficestylist.com/
Thoughts from an expert
For as long as social media has been around, office managers have asked the question…Should employees be allowed to be on their personal social media accounts during the work day?
Some believe that banning the use of social media is the best way to keep employees focused. While others think allowing it promotes creativity.
With smartphones in everyone’s pockets, it is simply impossible to completely ban all usage. So instead of constantly looking over employees’ shoulders, integrate ways that the office can be interacting and promoting the company online.
In my past role as a social media manager at a company of about 30 employees, my co workers had little to no idea of the happenings on the company’s social media accounts. Some didn’t even follow the company’s pages! As I built the social media strategy for the year, I created campaigns that would allow for the employees online presence to cross over with that of the company’s own social media followers.
For example, during Halloween we gathered the employees together and gave each department a pumpkin to carve. I then took pictures of each pumpkin and posted them onto the company’s Facebook page for the fans to vote for their favorite pumpkin. The pumpkin picture (or department) with the most likes would win a prize. As the page followers began to like the photos, the employees jumped on their accounts and started sharing their pumpkin picture with their friends in order to receive more votes. As the pictures began to spread, so did the company’s brand.
The results were outstanding! Not only did the employees enjoy taking part in the fun activity, but it built such a stronger community between the employees and online fans. The company’s social reach grew exponentially!
The benefits out weigh the cost by far! Avoid wasting time monitoring employees and their social media use. Instead, find ways they can be utilizing it to help the company’s online brand and reputation grow. And it builds great report among the employees!
Dad--and his office will be smiling
While another tie or World’s Best Dad t-shirt would do the trick, why not celebrate him in unique way this year? After all, he probably gave you some solid life advice, taught you how to shoot a freethrow, changed your oil and helped you build your middle school science projects. Make his day special by ordering one of these Father’s Day gifts:
“Are we there yet? I need a bathroom. I’m bored.” Travelling with kids can be a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful as well. If you’re planning on going away with the kids this summer, keep them entertained while on planes, trains, and automobiles by making sure you’ve stocked your iPhone or iPad with these super handy apps for a stress-free trip. (Available on Apple iTunes store, itunes.apple.com. Whether it's kid-friendly videos to watch as the miles stream by, or an education game that lets them play and learn about the world around them,here are the TwistOP top must-haves!
It’s about the journey. Turn an otherwise long and boring car ride into a part of your vacation by pointing out scenic routes, historical landmarks, fun restaurants and hidden local gems along your route. Routes include inside information and history from locals and experts in each community. (Free)
Good for: Families driving for hours with a backseat full of bored and cranky kids.
Pack & Go Deluxe
Never again forget to pack the important stuff. Provides ready-made packing lists for different age groups and lets you customize and check exactly what you need— with reminders—so you’re never left without your essentials ($1.99)
Good for: Moms who want to be organized but don’t have the time to create handwritten checklists for every child and suitcase.
Plan your route and your pitstops. From suggestions for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives to Route 66 Attractions and Offbeat hotels – this is a one stop shop road trip app whether you’re using it ahead of time or on the road. Check out the website before you download for lots of inspiration.
Good For: Finding great kid-friendly restaurants and parks.
Mom Maps helps you find family fun places, kid friendly locations on the go! Search our extensive list of kid's parks, kid's playgrounds, kid's restaurants, kid's museums and kid's indoor play areas. Search by category or zip code, and you're good to go! In addition to a comprehensive kids play guide, you'll find contact information, reviews by parents, for parents and directions. (Free)
Good for: Conveniently finding nearby places to fill vacation downtime.
Airports aren’t exactly known as fine-dining destinations, but GateGuru helps find the hidden gems in your arrival and departure locations. Upload your itinerary and the app lists food options—as well as shops and other services like ATMs—along with where to find them and ratings from other fliers. The app also provides estimated wait times for security lines and last-minute deals on rental cars. Shows information about terminals and amenities in over 100 airports, pointing out valuable traveler hotspots, like ATMs, coffee shops and bookstores. Includes user reviews to help you decide where to eat and where to skip. (Free)
Good for: Making waiting times and those oh-so-annoying delays more bearable.
Rest Area Finder
Easily find the nearest rest stop. This app automatically finds your current location and displays all nearby rest areas and welcome centers. (Free)
Good for: Finding good pit stops for snacks and stretches on long and draining drives.
Ever wanted to take your picture next to a crazy large object on the side of the road? This is your app. Introduce your kids to the weird and wonderful across our United States of America. Editors review their favorites and you can check off which ones you’ve already visited. And there’s even a sunset alarm so you get the heads up for your last photo opportunities. They also make it easy to share your discoveries through Facebook and Twitter.
It’s OK if Dad said you couldn’t plaster a magnetic States map across your car. This app lets you mark off which states you’ve already been to. It’s a simple app but does the trick. And you can brag to your friends about where you’ve been by sending them images of your map.
Bridge the gap between the old school road trip fun you used to have when you were a kid and the digital age version for your own children. Type in nouns, take pictures or use photos from your smartphone or iPad’s photo gallery, and watch the comedy ensue.
Good for: Passing the time and getting the family involved.It even saves your story as a photo for recalling the fun after the trip has ended.
Entertain the little ones with illustrated children’s books for easy flip-through, and allows kids the option of reading it themselves or listening to a recorded narration. (Free-$2.99)
Good for: Keeping young readers engaged without over-stuffing your suitcase.
Create individual and automatic post cards—actual physical ones— from your trip photos and sends them to its recipient. (Free to download, $1.99 for the snail mail delivery)
Good for: Sending out customized souvenirs for friends and family of your summer trip.
Stream a huge collection of your favorite shows such as Arthur, Curious George, Daniel Tiger, and more. You will need to have an active internet connection to use PBS KIDS Video.
Good For: Those evenings when you’ve arrived at the hotel and are trying to settle the kids down at night. Or for those flight delays that have you sitting at the airport for hours!
Road Trip Bingo
A game for the whole family! A great classic travel game joins the digital age. This app allows 2 players to compete at the same time by providing 2 bingo boards on 1 screen.
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