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The experience of teleworking with dogs and cats in the United States during COVID-19

By C. L. Hoffman

Category Journal Articles
Abstract

In Spring of 2020, the novel coronavirus (SAR-CoV-2) prompted an unprecedented number of individuals across the United States to begin working from home. Prior research has identified both positive and negative impacts of teleworking on employee well-being, and this study built on that research to explore perceptions regarding how companion animals factor into the teleworking experience. Individuals who had experience working from home and from their employer's office completed an online survey about those experiences. Participants reported spending more quality time with their companion animals and family members when they worked from home. Furthermore, when working from home, individuals with dogs were more likely than those without dogs to report they socialized with other people, got a healthy amount of physical activity, and took at least one 15-min walk during the workday. Some participants, particularly those in households containing both dogs and cats, indicated that their pets created distractions during the workday. Future studies can build on this research by investigating whether the findings persist once the novel coronavirus is no longer a threat, and by paying close attention to the characteristics of pets, owners, and household dynamics that may influence the effects of pet ownership on the teleworking experience.

Date 2021
Publication Title Animals
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 13
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher MDPI
DOI 10.3390/ani11020268
URL https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/11/2/268
Language English
Additional Language English
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Tags
  1. Animal roles
  2. Cats
  3. Dogs
  4. Employees
  5. Human-animal interactions
  6. Mammals
  7. open access
  8. Pets and companion animals
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  1. open access