If you work from home, a pet can sometimes be a welcome distraction—kind of like having a neighbor in the next cubicle. But just like co-workers, pets can get really annoying really quickly.
Here's a few tips for keeping the peace:
- DON'T allow pets in the office if you're about to take a phone call or Skype. Even silent pets can interrupt your business.
- DO give pets plenty of chew toys in your office space. They're either going to chew on squeaky toys or your hard drive.
- DO vacuum often. If your pet sheds even a little bit of fur or hair, it can get into the vents of your gear.
- DON'T keep any of your office equipment on or near the floor. Even a heavy computer tower or printer should be up on risers in the presence of a pet.
- DON'T keep any food or drinks on your desk. You never know what might pull you away from the computer, leaving your cats to spill your coffee all over the keyboard.
- But DO keep plenty of food and water around for your pets and, if you have a pooch, walk your dog regularly. A happy (and quiet!) pet makes for a happy human.
- DON'T keep the litter box in your office. It's convenient for kitty, sure. But it will stink up your office faster than a co-worker microwaving last night's fish dinner.
- DON'T leave your computer keyboard unlocked in the presence of cats. Kitties love to walk and lay across the keys—ruining your presentation in the process. And while we're at it...
- DO save often. Rule #1—with pets and in life.