Dogs are amazing creatures and it was already hard enough not to fall instantly in love with every golden retriever on the planet. But Oscar, a three-year-old golden retriever, may have just made it impossible. Because Oscar is a dog who can sing.
Oscar was brought on to the talent show America’s Got Talent by his owner Pam Baker. Baker revealed to the judges before their performance that Oscar began singing a year and a half ago. “When I play the piano he can sing,” said Pam. “He can hold a note, he can even do a vibrato and everything.”
Simon Cowell, who is notorious as the toughest and most critical of all the judges on the show was decidedly sceptical about Oscar’s talent, but said a dog that could sing “would be everything to me”. So when Baker sat down to play Johan Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major on the piano, and Oscar sang along perfectly in key, Cowell was compelled to give the performance a standing ovation. He was probably just as stunned with the dog’s abilities as the rest of us.
Lucky for everyone, this wasn’t the last time we saw Oscar – he actually made it to the next round, and people on social media are definitely rooting for him.
The cost of setting up an employee-friendly office in Mumbai
And a new age, cost-effective solution to common grievances.
A lot has been theorised about employee engagement and what motivates employees the most. Perks, bonuses and increased vacation time are the most common employee benefits extended to valuable employees. But experts say employees’ wellbeing is also intimately tied with the environment they spend the bulk of the day in. Indeed, the office environment has been found to affect employee productivity and ultimately retention.
According to Gensler’s Workplace Index, workplace design should allow employees to focus, collaborate, learn and socialise for maximum productivity, engagement and overall wellbeing. Most offices lag on the above counts, with complaints of rows of cluttered desks, cramped work tables and chilled cubicles still being way too common.
But well-meaning employers wanting to create a truly employee-centric office environment meet resistance at several stages. Renting an office space, for example, is an obstacle in itself, especially with exorbitant rental rates prevalent in most business districts. The office space then needs to be populated with, ideally, ergonomic furniture and fixtures. Even addressing common employee grievances is harder than one would imagine. It warrants a steady supply of office and pantry supplies, plus optimal Internet connection and functioning projection and sound systems. A well-thought-out workspace suddenly begins to sound quite cost prohibitive. So, how can an employer balance employee wellbeing with the monthly office budget?
Co-working spaces have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional workspaces. In addition to solving a lot of the common problems associated with them, the co-working format also takes care of the social and networking needs of businesses and their employees.
WeWork is a global network of workspaces, with 10 office spaces in India and many more opening this year. The co-working giant has taken great care to design all its premises ergonomically for maximum comfort. Its architects, engineers and artists have custom-designed every office space while prioritising natural light, comfort, productivity, and inspiration. Its members have access to super-fast Internet, multifunction printers, on-site community teams and free refreshments throughout the day. In addition, every WeWork office space has a dedicated community manager who is responsible for fostering a sense of community. WeWork’s customised offerings for enterprises also work out to be a more cost-effective solution than conventional lease setting, with the added perks of WeWork’s brand of service.
The video below presents the cost breakdown of maintaining an office space for 10 employees in Vikhroli, Mumbai and compares it with a WeWork membership.
To know more about WeWork and its office spaces in India, click here.
This article was produced by Scroll marketing team on behalf of WeWork and not by the Scroll editorial team.