Did you know that 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health issue this year?! Which is why this year, Affinity for Business have been busy implementing mental health initiatives to improve the quality of our mental health and wellbeing in the AfB workplace. From signing the Time to Change Employer Pledge, to training our Mental Health First Aid team and introducing bring your dog to work day. It has been a huge honour to have our efforts recognised by the UK Business Awards and Not a Red Card Awards being in the finals for the Best Place to Work and the Best Mental Health Initiative categories this year.
Since introducing bring your dog to work day earlier this year, we’ve seen lots of smiling faces across the office and had plenty of fun getting to know the dogs of AfB. So instead of keeping our canine friends all to ourselves, we thought we would introduce you to a few of them…
Keep an eye out on our blog, we will be introducing you to the rest of our AfB dogs over the next few weeks.
Owner: Jo Restall, Assistant Management Accountant at AfB
Favourite Toy: Bunny/ Ball
Fun Fact: Cushty loves to jump in large puddles and rivers. One time, when on her walk at Gadebridge Park, she entered as a white Labrador and exited a brown muddy one after darting into the dirty river. Not only was she full of mud, but she also decided to shake it off all over Jo’s white trousers!
Age: Approximately 12
Owner: Adam White, Key Account Manager at AfB
Favourite Toy: Toy Duck
Fun Fact: Izzy often volunteers at the Royal Vet College for practical teaching, helping students or vets on courses practice using the ultrasound machines.
She has also appeared on the BBC programme Young Vets and was in a promotional day for the animal care trust with some players from Saracens Rugby Club.
Owner: Charlotte Joyce, Retail Services Advisor at AfB
Favourite Toy: Any toy he can take the stuffing out of!
Fun Fact: Ted likes to find small spaces to sleep in when he was a puppy he was about the size of a pint of milk which made him very hard to find. While unpacking into their new house he managed to find a way under the surfaces in the kitchen, the only problem was he couldn’t find his way back out. Charlotte had to get him out by detaching some of their kitchen cupboards!
We hope you enjoyed getting to know the dogs of AfB as much as we loved having them wonder around our office. Stay tuned for part two coming soon on our blog!
If you’re interested in a career with us at AfB, you can keep an eye out on the careers page on our website for openings.