Designing mediated nurturing play with dogs to alleviate workplace stress

Marianna Cheklin, Florian 'Floyd' Mueller, Stefan Greuter

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Workplace stress is an ongoing concern for individuals, employers and communities, calling for innovative interventions. Benefits of play therapy, animal-assisted activities, and nurturing are well documented, yet workplaces restrictions often prevent unconventional solutions (such as bringing dogs to work) from being applied. To overcome these restrictions while taking advantage of recent research, we introduce a humancomputer- Animal interactive nurturing play system, aiming to alleviate workplace stress while minimising workplace disruption. Our proposed system connects workers with remote rescued dogs in nurturing play interactions, with the added benefit of promoting dog wellbeing. Through our current work-in-progress, this paper invites further consideration of how interactive technology design may facilitate workplace stress alleviation through remote nurturing play with animals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
EditorsWendy Ju, Ronald Schroeter, Stephen Viller
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450343152, 9781450340311
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventDesigning Interactive Systems 2016 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 4 Jun 20168 Jun 2016


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems 2016
Abbreviated titleDIS 2016
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  • Human-animal interaction
  • Nurturing play
  • Play
  • Stress management
  • Workplace stress

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