We know that when dogs go to the office, hilarity spikes — and productivity lags. But what happens when the office goes to the dogs?
Very Good Girl Wins All The "Employee Of The Quarter” Awards
That was the question Michael Reeg, a district sales manager for a drawer slide manufacturer, asked himself last year when he transitioned to working remotely from his home about 30 miles north of Atlanta.
Out were free bagel Fridays and chitchat with coworkers at the water cooler, but in were strategy sessions and pitch rehearsals with his family's puppers: Meeka and Kya.
In an interview with The Dodo, the Georgia man explained that the change was not easy: "It's quiet here. You need to get yourself fired up and excited about the day."
And that's where Meeka the business doggo shines. "Having a faithful companion in the office certainly helps," he says.
Kya's commitment to the company, by contrast, is not nearly as strong. According to Michael, no one would ever confuse her for a model employee. "She is really my wife's dog... So she only comes up to the office when my wife is gone. We are her second choice for company!"
While her insights into the office supply industry are few, Meeka's always happy to lend a supportive ear: "There are times that I'll... talk to her as I work through a problem or map out a customer solution."
Even more impressive is her dogged work ethic.
As Reeg tells Mashable, "she will head up to my office after breakfast and I'll find her already 'at work' (sleeping) by the time I finish breakfast and head upstairs. Sometimes when I come down for lunch, she stays up there."
And that on-the-grind attitude doesn't end when the clock hits 5pm on Friday: She's been known to show up on weekends and days when Michael is visiting with clients on the road. "If my office door happens to be shut she will spend the day laying in front of the door, just in case I'm really in there."
When it came time for Meeka's quarterly performance review, Michael found a creative way to honor her contributions: With framed plaques!
In fact, so exemplary was her performance in 2016, that she literally won all the awards.
Here's the portrait from Q2.
It was a stellar string of successes — and one that did not go unnoticed by the fat cats in the company's c-suite. In a tweet, executives at Accuride trained the spotlight squarely on this deserving woofer.
Still, Reeg doesn't want her resting on her laurels when it comes time to tab the next recipient of this prestigious award: "I haven't decided yet if the prestige is going to her head, or if Kya feels disgruntled... Maybe a change is needed for one quarter, so that Meeka doesn't feel entitled. I want her to stay sharp."
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