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10 June 2016
Pet pals at work

Following on from our recent blog post about Work perks or cold hard cash, we took a look into some of the wilder work perks some companies have to offer. With more and more companies introducing stranger employee perks, it’s no wonder that pets are starting to get involved in the mix. With our very own Franki at RedBox Recruitment, we are happy to see many more companies introducing pet pals into the workplace.

Glassdoor has revealed their definitive list of dog friendly workplaces. The added benefit of bringing your better half into work has shown an increase in staff morale which in turn has a huge impact on productivity.

If you are looking to work in a pup friendly office, see the list below:

  • Eventbrite
  • Nestlé Purina PetCare
  • Rover.com
  • Payscape
  • Petplan
  • Indiegogo
  • The Nerdery
  • Specialized Bicycle
  • Procore Technologies
  • Glassdoor

As you can see, it’s not just start ups that are bringing the animals into work. In Florida, the Humane Society of Broward County (HSBC) launched a programme called “Office Cats” which allows companies to adopt an abandoned kitten in their workplace. For all you cat lovers out there – here’s your case! Just remember to not pick up random animals found in your garden and take it to work claiming it was ‘abandoned’.

There is also news around the subject of ‘pet-ternity leave’. Pet parents could be celebrating with the news from a company called ANZ that the arrival of their pets could soon garner the same leave scheme as those preparing for the birth of a child.

“Anyone can request flexibility for any reason, including ‘paw-ternity leave’,” an ANZ spokesperson told the New Zealand Herald.

“For our employees, flexibility is about supporting our people in delivering results in the most productive way possible, while balancing these commitments with personal priorities.”

ANZ has granted the leave to three employees so far.

An HR software company in the US has joined two others and offered their staff pet bereavement leave, CBS reports. Maxwell Health encourages workers to take time off when and where they need it, and the loss of a pet is no exception to them. They join Trupanion, a pet insurance company, and Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in their commitment to the scheme – all based in the USA.

Dani Kahn, a Pet Coordinator at Trupanion, told CBS: “We allow people to actually do that grieving process and just be able to heal. I think you need closure when you lose a pet, and it’s important to have the time to do that.”

Janet Zimmerman, a Pet Loss Counsellor, said to CBS: “It’s really very, very difficult to function, and if you can’t function, you certainly can’t function at work, and you’re really not the person you were before. You need the time to get back to some sense of normality.

“I’ve seen people who can’t get out of bed at all. They can’t eat, they don’t accept phone calls, they are so lost.”

Who will be running out to get a dog to receive a couple of weeks off work? Remember; a dog is for life and not just for Christmas.

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