Employee wellness is a buzzword that’s been around in the business world for some time now. Still, it can be challenging to quantify it at your own company — or think of effective wellness program ideas.
So, how do you choose a wellness activity that employees will look forward to and enjoy? We’ve got the answer. Read on to better understand why employee wellness matters, ideas for how to come up with activity ideas, and why puppies are a perfect choice for in-office wellness.
At Puppy Love, we understand that mental and emotional health has close ties to physical health. That’s why we prioritize working with businesses to help their employees. If you want to decrease workplace illness and injuries, you want to boost wellness.
Besides helping to decrease illness or injuries, research shows that employees who boost their wellness are more productive. If employees spend 40 hours or more per week in the workplace, making that workplace a pleasant place is critical.
Employees who don’t feel supported in their mental and emotional well-being may deal with tougher issues than physical or mental illness. A lack of support at work may lead employees to lean on unhealthy activities for stress relief, such as drinking or smoking, which can negatively affect well-being. Supporting your employees at work helps them do a good job and have healthier, more fulfilling lives outside of work.
Finally, employees who feel supported at work are more likely to be satisfied with their workplace and employer and less likely to leave the company. Suffice it to say there are many benefits to incorporating wellness program ideas into your company for your employees.Download Our Brochure
Who doesn’t want to come to the office when there are puppies? Nothing makes the workplace more attractive than knowing there are adorable furry creatures to frolic with.
For employees who have never met or who don’t know each other well – or even those who do, puppies are an amazing conversation starter and bonding experience.
Daily work saturation can get overwhelming. A few minutes of Puppy Love™ organically clears minds and boosts serotonin, leading to a positive attitude re-adjustment.
When employees feel appreciated, all good things come – including the desire to work and do well for the company.
The photo opps and buzz factor around a Puppy Love™ experience are unparalleled. Smiles will abound as photos are shared and the afterglow continues all through the day!
We all know the feeling of stress at work – looming deadlines, performance reviews, etc. A few minutes playing with puppies makes all that melt away and allows employees to lower their anxiety levels.
Coming up with wellness program ideas can be a daunting task. Your employees are a dynamic group, so there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. Efforts must be tailored to your company, or they will fall flat. You don't want to pressure your employees to get involved in something they're not interested in.
Get started by asking your employees about their own wellness, and then have them get involved in planning. They can get excited talking about changes they'd like to make that will be impactful. Plus, they're more likely to participate if they're involved in the planning.
Incentives can be a helpful tool as well. They can be simple, such as praising your employees for a job well done, or more extravagant, like offering rewards such as gift cards and extra time off. Once you've decided on some options for wellness activities or incentives, let employees know about them.
After a successful event, celebrate your employees' participation and help them get excited about the next one — perhaps a puppy experience with Puppy Love!Download Our Brochure
Tera, DPS Rescue
Marlanne, Baine & Company
I recently had the pleasure of attending a corporate wellness event for Google where they hosted Puppy Love, who provided an amazing puppy experience. I’m an avid animal lover and was thrilled to see an employee engagement that not only focused on employee wellness but also gave back to the community in such a meaningful way.
The Puppy Love event was fantastic. We were able to interact with adoptable dogs, and the event organizers provided information on the featured rescue who provided the pups. It was heartwarming to see everyone come together to support such an important cause – not to mention have a blast!
I was impressed with how well-organized the event was - and the attention to detail. The pups were well-cared for, and the Puppy Love team was great.
This was an excellent example of how a company can help make a positive impact on the community while also promoting employee wellness/happiness. I hope to see more events like this in the future, and I applaud Google for their commitment to giving back and supporting their employees in this way."
Google, Business Admin Partner
I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for the fantastic work you did at Manifest. Your puppy booth was a real hit and brought a lot of attention to our company. The fact that you worked so hard to make it happen did not go unnoticed, and we appreciate your efforts more than words can say.
In particular, we wanted to thank you for bringing in so many great leads for us. Your presence and the excitement it generated were instrumental in helping us connect with potential customers and partners. We believe that these connections will lead to great things for our business, and we owe a lot of that to you."
Geodis, Events Manager
Dog programs are being added across multiple industries because they work. Hospitals, nursing homes, universities and even airports are investing in canine companies to visit patients and customers as a way to reduce stress.
Making a workplace dog-friendly isn't a viable option for everyone. Having a one-time puppy experience is. Puppy Love specializes in customizing programs for in-office corporate wellness events. Worried about logistics like flooring or space? No problem! Along with the puppies, we have everything they need to be safe and engaged and not leave behind a mess.
An event with Puppy Love goes beyond simply checking a box for employee engagement. Studies show that spending time with animals improves mental health, reducing stress and anxiety. Plus, puppies are a great icebreaker, boosting connections among your staff.
Working with Puppy Love will allow you to relax and enjoy the event alongside your employees. We'll send Puppy Coaches to handle all the set-up (and clean-up!) for the event and answer questions about the puppies, all of whom are adoptable rescue pups. We also donate 20% of our proceeds to our rescue partners, so you can help your employees feel good while also doing good.
When evaluating wellness program ideas, there's nothing better than puppies. Join the ranks of companies like Google, LinkedIn and Amazon who have chosen Puppy Love to boost employee health. Book an event today!Book An Event
Even the most conscientious workplace can be stress-filled. We believe cuddling and playing with puppies is an ideal way to restore the balance. In fact, scientific studies have shown positive therapeutic effects from animal interaction – including decreasing blood pressure and reduced levels of cortisol.
Puppy Love™ founder Sabrina Freed combined her two key passions: creating outstanding events and animal advocacy. A pioneer in the field of high-profile conferences Sabrina realized firsthand how employees would benefit from puppies in the workplace, and likewise, how employers would see results in worker efficiency, and wellness. A wonderful give-back, Puppy Love also donates 20% of all proceeds back into the local rescue community.
Puppy Love was started in San Francisco and serves all areas of northern and southern California. We also partner with rescues nationwide to provide Puppy Love experiences across the U.S.
Yes. Each location carries liability insurance of $2M to ensure our attendees and puppies are well covered.
All pups come from our vetted, fully trusted rescue partners who ensure pups are happy and well cared for. 20% of all Puppy Love proceeds are donated back to our rescue partners to help cover their food and medical costs.