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Section B 4 February Edition Seven Lakes News Pets in the Workplace Benefit Work-Life Balance Companies such as Digital Works a company where my son Brandon the Managing Software Engineer for a San Francisco custom software development company, has been open to pets in the workplace due to their affect on work-life balance. Mike Teresa Salyer & Diesel Mikes Tire & Auto Service Both employers and employees stated it helps them pass long work hours happily, and the pets remind them to take necessary breaks. Spending too much time too close to a project, problem, or other work can inhibit productivity and cause unnecessary stress. Pets remind people to pause and step back from whatever they are involved in. “We had a bring-your-pet policy for about a year before we had to end it,” says Casey Halloran, founder and CEO, Namu Travel Group. “The problem: not everybody loves pets. We had a handful of staff who really suffered from allergies and/ or didn’t enjoy animals around. Our rule going into the experiment was simple: If it really bothers one person, it ends. And so, to the chagrin of some pet lovers, it ended.” Jeff Bennett & Molly Seven Lakes Marine Short walks, a little playtime, and temporary distractions allow mental breaks so as not to overwork and become stressed. Other companies, like Etsy, allow pets in the workplace to keep spirits high and add a little comic relief. Laughter and positivity is just as contagious as negativity and stress, but come with benefits like great morale and better communication. Studies prove that pets have calming effects, reduce blood pressure, lower stress, and make employees more cordial and productive. More and more, employers and employees are discovering that pets at the workplace make them happier, lower stress levels, and create a comfortable, flexible environment. Pets can create camaraderie within the workplace and trigger interactions that may not have happened without them. Better communication leads to more trust, a key component in a successful work environment. Debbie Adoree & Jazz Seven Lakes Kennels Trust and communication rival stress and promote productivity, causing improved morale and reduced absenteeism. Furthermore, reduced stress means less stress-related ailments and the healthcare costs that accompany them. Vets have recently obtained data to prove pets are good for your health. Toni Lanni & Capone Seven Lakes Memory Care Prior to this information, studies were comprised of qualitative data that reinforced pets’ benefits on people. Now there is data that actually shows how pets have saved American dollars. “Even the most docile of dogs could become hostile in an unfamiliar environment or around other pets, so make sure you’re covered in the event that a dog [or cat] acts out,” says Terrie Ard, president, Moore Communications Group. “In some cases, you may want to consider having employees sign paperwork committing to covering any damage caused by their pet.” Julie Watson & Ava Pampered Paws Pets, as wonderful as they can be, can also be a distraction. So to ensure productivity doesn’t dip (and to be sensitive to those who may not want pets around all the time), designate certain days, or one day a week, as pet-friendly days, or bring-your-pet-to-work day. Gayle Mace & Kay-leigh Mace Electric At Petplan they have a Pets at Work shared calendar that our team uses to sign up for the days they’d like to bring their pet in,” says Natasha Ashton, founder, PetPlan, a pet insurance provider. “At Petplan we have a Pets at Work shared calendar that our team uses to sign up for the days they’d like to bring their pet in,” explains Natasha Ashton, cofounder, PetPlan, a pet insurance provider. “The calendar lets everyone see which pets are scheduled to be in the office to ensure that all furry friends on the day get along with one another. We would recommend that any company considering going pet-friendly put a communication system in place,” “It’s a lot more distracting to have an animal join meetings than it is to have them wandering the main floor [or parked in an office],” says Talia Shani, head of Content at, a customer content marketing company. Tim Read & Zoey Sandhills Colission Center So before you allow employees to bring in their dogs or cats, “set some ground rules for where pets can roam free, and where they should steer clear.” “Things like cables, cords and open trash bins can all be tempting for pets,” “Take the time to pet proof your office space to be sure it’s safe for your furriest team members. Victoria Levinger & Shelby Seven Lakes News 132.8 million pet owners save $11.37 billion on physician office visits, while 20 million owners who walk their pets 5 times a week show lower obesity and save $419 million in healthcare. Pets can now be identified as a proactive method of staying healthy and avoiding health issues, thus saving money on a personal, professional, governmental, and medical scale. By: Victoria Levinger

Seven Lakes News February Edition Section B 5 “Duo Of The Year” Ryan and Justin Harris entered their new single “Middle Of Nowhere” with the Radio Station 93.9, “Carolina Country” in Myrtle Beach, SC this years’ sponsor of the Carolina Music Awards contest. The brothers, better known as McKenzies Mill were chosen as “Duo Of The Year”, at the Carolina Artists of the Year Awards” show held on January 22 at the House Of Blues in Mrytle Beach. According to Ryan Harris, “it was a real honor to be selected, hand picked and asked to join the competition being the fi rst time for my brother Justin and I , to be heard by a major radio station with a broad listening audience. We appreciate the station which took a big leap to feature local mu sic artists throughout the Carolinas. A panel of judges including radio programmers and personalities listened to our music, read up on artist profi les and researched the artists before selecting the Artists of the Year Awards.” Ryan continued “it’s humbling and fl attering at the same time for us to win this award.” Program Director Christy Andrulonis aka “Sweet Tea” host of 93.9 Carolina Country, also oversees the competition. Sweet Tea says that “spins help these local artists immensely. Each artist gets over twenty spins during the month. We’re so pleased to profi le these local artists, including the Duo Winners “McKenzies Mill” who have so much talent and get them heard on the Radio. Christy and husband Jeff own 21 FM radio stations in four states under Colonial Entertainment Media Group. “We were very impressed with the demo we received from Ryan and Justin out of 100’s submitted. We immediately went to see them in concert and invited them to participate in the competition.” The band which has toured nationally, loves to get back home, support community charitable causes and to appreciate and embrace their small town “roots” of Moore County. They still maintain a presence in the community by hosting charitable concerts at Christmas and other local causes during the summer. Growing up on McKenzies Mill Road in West End, NC, they captured their artist name, “McKenzies Mill”. Nashville has become home base for the band for the past 12 years after performing local concerts throughout Moore County. Ryan and Justin will be returning to Moore County where they began their professional careers after being on the road performing recently at historic venues such as The Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. Recently Southern Pines Brewery at the 2nd Anniversary Party named a beer in their honor, “McKenzies Mill Triple IPA”. Ryan and Justin still fi nd time to write new songs and just fi nished producing two new singles with a very well known country music producer on the national scene, Derek Wells and his father Kent Wells. Stay tuned for these artists as they are poised to explode on the national music scene. By: Rick Levinger We Produce Results 910-685-0020 Month To Month -- No Contract

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