In November of 2017, I make a choice to leave a busy NYC Academic Hospital for Quest Diagnostics in Teterboro, NJ. It’s only been 4 months although at times it feels like a life time. I have an awesome team, a clear mission and on a journey to developing a high performance and high reliability team top down, bottom up.
There’s one thing I miss more than anything else. During the first few months, I had a strong desire to visit patients at the bedside however that faded as time passed. I’m still a Medic and continue to treat patients on a weekly basis providing me the “fix” I need.
What I really miss is seeing, petting, cuddling and observing the joy of our therapy dogs. No matter what happened before or the stress your carry with you, a dog provides instantaneous relief and brings a smile to your face. I have seen patients just about rise from the dead when the dogs enter the room or re-ignite an employee when he/she gets to spend a few minutes with the dogs. It’s truly inspirational.
Maybe its time to think “Outside of the Box” and bring therapy dogs to your businesses no matter the services you provide. It’s a known fact that a few minutes of distraction by cuddling with a dog will release enough dopamine in your brain to lift up your spirits and reduce your stress.
Go online, google “Pet Therapy Dogs” and see what services are available in your area. Just a few hours per day will do the trick. I can’t wait to bring it to Quest soon.
Live life with Positude, find creative ways to relax and energize your staff!