Pet Pals Are 'Co-Workers' During Quarantine

Kathy Gurchiek By Kathy Gurchiek May 7, 2020
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​This is the sixth in a series of compilations of answers to #NextChat questions of the day about how people are working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pets boost our sense of well-being and help to alleviate the loneliness and anxiety that can come with social distancing, noted Mary Kaylor, SHRM-SCP, manager of public affairs at the Society for Human Resource Management. In a recent #NextChat discussion, she invited people to share photos of their four-footed co-workers and tell how their furry friends were helping them cope during the quarantine. The following is a compilation of responses from LinkedIn and Twitter:

Lucy with planner
This is Lucy; she has her planner right there, but first, she needs to rest. 

–Steve Lovig, SHRM-CP, HR director at Homestar Financial Corp., Atlanta, on LinkedIn. 

dog with mask
Jedi, the new HR Intern! Jedi is responsible for maintaining hygienic laptops, barking at delivery carriers and handling mail, managing breaks for his pawrents, and pawing enter and space commands. He has a year of experience, graduated with an HRM Paw Degree from the House of Barnes, and is SHRM-CP certified. If you are looking for an intern, Jedi takes payment in cuddles, back rubs, lamb patties, and pumpkin and cheddar cookies. 🐾💻
Mónica Mancilla Cooke, SHRM-SCP, senior director of HR at the Information Technology Industry Council in Washington, D.C., on LinkedIn. 

Pepper announces deliveries and insists on nosing all mail and packages prior to my opening and reading. Her energy keeps me going! 
Mary M. Rydesky, CEO at Transition Management Consulting in Anchorage, Alaska, on LinkedIn.

Connor the bull dog
This is Connor. My bulldog. He hit "reply all" in an e-mail. Not the best helper. 🤦🏻‍♀️😂

Joanna Farwell, lead HR business partner at Infosys in Phoenix, on LinkedIn.

I do not have pets, however, given the proximity of window to the community garden I have birds as my companion 
Vishakha Grover, global talent development lead for Simeio Solutions in Mumbai, on LinkedIn.  

dog with glasses
My co-worker wants to take a break now. Keeps my timings up to date. I still miss going to work though. Let's get through this together. 
Shruti Mishra, HR business partner at Empower Retirement in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, on LinkedIn. 

Unexpected visitor this morning!
Karla Fennessy, marketing and business development director at Quality Food in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, on LinkedIn.

cat napMy co-worker was caught on his 1st day sleeping the job! 
Jennifer Skirrow, senior talent acquisition consultant at NASCAR, Daytona Beach, on LinkedIn. 

cat on desk
It's urgent, I need a pet right now 😻 just because I'm cute 😸

María Andrea Sáenz García, HR business partner at Nestle Purina North America in Bogota D.C., Colombia, on LinkedIn. 



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