20 Companies Where You Can Bring Your Dog To Work
It's no secret that a dog is man's best friend. And what's better than being able to bring your best friend to work with you? Pets in the office can reduce perceived stress and make employees more relaxed, according to research. A pet-friendly workplace has another potential perk for dog owners: spending less on pet-sitting expenses. Of course, not every workplace is appropriate for pets. And not every dog has the temperament to be around other people and pets all day. But for some lucky people and pets, these 20 dog-friendly companies are great places to work.
The trendy hotel chain Kimpton was founded by animal lover Bill Kimpton, who was often seen in the office with his sidekick Chianti, a collie. Today employees are allowed to bring their furry friends to work, and even guests staying at the the hotels can bring their dogs. What's more, Kimpton also provides employees with pet insurance, bereavement leave in the event of a pet death and a variety of workplace amenities for four-legged friends such as treats and toys.
One of the largest non-profit healthcare systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health is made up of six medical centers, rehabilitation and physician practices. Recognizing that pet therapy is a proven stress reduction tool that can help ease a rough day at work, Atlantic Health offers a "Soothing Paws" program for patients, that was expanded to include all employees, including those in the system's administrative offices. Employee's dogs can become a certified part of the pet team for Atlantic Health.
Bears, dogs….Build-a-Bear loves them both. And that love translates into allowing employees to bring their canine friends to work. There's a "Doggy On-Boarding" agreement that must be signed, which outlines etiquette. But after that, Rover is free to join you on the job. Additional dog perks include puppy parties in celebration of your dog's birthday, doggie treats and even a canine concierge program that will take your dog to the day spa for grooming.
At the Brooklyn and San Francisco offices of Etsy, dogs are part of the effort to create a casual, creative environment. Furry friends are referred to as "the canine operations team." The company's dog-friendly office policy has been in place since Etsy first set up shop in 2005. "Bringing our dogs to work helps keep spirits high and fosters a sense of community and connection that is paramount to what Etsy is all about," says the company.
Possible is a web development and marketing company in Portland, Oregon, a very dog-friendly city. Possible loves its dogs (like Grits), and workers are allowed to schedule playtime occasionally for their dogs in the office. They're even understanding when the pups do their own business in the office.
Known for its design software, which is used by engineers and architects, Autodesk is another company that loves its dogs and encourages employees to bring them to work. The company's policy also includes providing pet insurance discounts. And those discounts aren't just limited to canines. They also cover cats, birds, and even ferrets.
Salesforce, a cloud-based software company, is another San Francisco company that loves its mutts. In 2014, they created Puppyforce, a special dog-friendly workspace where up to six employees can work with their dogs in a communal setting. The room includes sound-proofed walls, water bowls, padded cages, dog beds, and more. As if that's not enough, the company also provides pet insurance discounts, dog walking, pet supplies and vet house calls.
With "Dog" as their middle name, it makes perfect sense that canines would be welcome here. Bellevue, Washington-based design company Talking Dog Media encourages employees to bring their canine friends. The company also offers squeak toys, beds, and water bowls to make four-legged friends comfortable.
Rover, the Uber of the pet-sitting and dog-walking world, welcomes dogs at its Seattle headquarters. The company says about 30 pups are on the job at any given time, and dogs are even welcome during meetings. There are annual holiday photo shoots, the office fridge is stocked with plenty of treats, and the company even provides $1,000 to employees who want to adopt or foster a dog.
Workers at this pet-food giant can bring dogs or cats to the office. As the company says on its website, "At Purina, we've noticed many benefits. For example, bringing a dog to work helps us get outside and take more walks, and bringing a cat gives us another excuse to play," states the company. Beyond that, Purina says bringing a pet to work helps employees maintain a healthy work-life balance. What's more, Purina has found that it is a perk that leads to staff retention.
Pets are an important part of life at the gaming company behind "World of Warcraft." There are more than 750 pets registered at Blizzard, with more than half at the company's Irvine, California office. All registered pets get an official Blizzard pet tag. There's even an annual "Pet Parents Day," during which pet insurance providers and local vets come to the company's campus to provide free health screenings, insurance quotes and treats.
Everything about Orvis is dog-friendly, from the company's Vermont headquarters to its retail outlets. Orvis headquarters recently adopted a dog-friendly policy and employees are much happier, a company spokesperson says. Having their best furry friend at work encourages employees to get out of the office and enjoy fresh air throughout the day.
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