Putting the news together can sometimes be a stressful job. But Sir Walter, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, is helping WCAX Video Editor Justin Lajoie keep cool when the workload heats up.
"It's nice being able to have him here," Lajoie said.
Every day is take your dog to work day for this duo.
"The de-stress and the love of a puppy is well worth a few accidents on the rug," Lajoie said.
At Seventh Generation in downtown Burlington, Josh Lucier knows the benefits firsthand.
"Mo's my best friend. She really is," Lucier said.
Mogley is his cubicle companion in the Finance Department, checking out Josh's work, even going to meetings-- some with people, some with other dogs.
"I definitely feel less stressed out if there's something stressful going on if I can get up and take my dog out for a walk," Lucier said.
"If their dog wants to be here and they want to bring their dog-- we love it," said Sarah Lord, the human resources manager at Seventh Generation.
The ecofriendly home care products company has welcomed dogs in the workplace since it launched 24 years ago.
"We really believe that if we support the employee in being a whole person and being the best they can be as a person that they're going to show up at work as the best they can be," Lord said.
And researchers have found that employees in dog-friendly workplaces have greater job satisfaction and less stress.
"The dogs are basically a relaxation device," said Robert Letovsky, who chairs the business department at St. Michael's College in Colchester.
Letovsky says reducing stress can boost productivity, but you need some stress to stay focused.
"Too little anxiety and you get basically what looks to be a resort; people are hanging out, coming in and getting paid," Letovsky said.
At Seventh Generation, tremendous growth led to more employees, more dogs and more problems. Not with productivity, but with office etiquette. So the company created an official pet policy two years ago and brought in a dog trainer.
"As that happened we had some dogs that weren't as well socialized as others," Lord said. "So we had to set rules and teach them how to get along."
Now man's best friend is the company's best friend, too.
Monday, May 20 2013 2:07 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:07:46 GMT
A 10-year effort by advocates to bring an aid-in-dying law to Vermont is about to be punctuated with Gov. Peter Shumlin's signing of the bill.More >>
Proponents of a plan that will allow Vermont doctors to prescribe lethal medications to terminally ill patients says the implementation of the new law will trigger a broad range of improvements in end-of-life medical care.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:28 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:28:54 GMT
The Queen City Police Foundation Monday honored two recipients of the Antonio Pomerleau Medal of Honor Award.Annie Ramniceanu of Spectrum Youth and Family Services has helped youth dealing with homelessnessMore >>
The Queen City Police Foundation Monday honored two recipients of the Antonio Pomerleau Medal of Honor Award.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:27:50 GMT
The national 'Click it or Ticket' campaign began Monday and local law enforcement agencies around the region say they will be out in force. To kick off the two week effort, numerous Vermont and New YorkMore >>
Law enforcement officials say wearing a seat belt increases survival rates in an accident by 50 percent and buckling up is the single easiest way to save your life.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:04 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:04:01 GMT
Vermont State Police have charged 22-year-old Adam Page of Newport for stealing the Newport City Elementary School bus, which has now been declared totaled. A stolen dog was also recovered in the busMore >>
State Police say he is also being charged with the theft of two other vehicles and a woman's dog.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 12:06 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:06:51 GMT
A guilty plea Monday to one of the men linked to the death of a young man at the St. Albans pool.Chris Davis, 22, was found in the pool in April of last year, about a month after he had been reported missingMore >>
A guilty plea Monday to one of the men linked to the death of a young man at the St. Albans pool.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:00:00 GMT
Granite State bar patrons hoping to join neighboring states in being able to belly-up to the bar in the wee hours.More >>
Granite State bar patrons hoping to join neighboring states in being able to belly-up to the bar in the wee hours for a final round could see some daylight as the Senate will vote on a bill this week to push back last call...More >>