In addition to decreased stress, increased productivity, and enhanced work-life balance, employers also have reaped benefits from less absenteeism and enhanced office morale. Many companies also provide dog healthcare including pet insurance and even on-site veterinarian examinations. Listed here are the five most dog-friendly companies to work for in the United States.
Kimpton oversees numerous boutique hotels in the US. This company has been pet-friendly since day one, thanks to Bill Kimpton’s love of animals. Today, employees can bring their pets to work, and many hotels even employ a “director of pet relations,” which is a role filled by an employee’s dog for greeting guests. What makes Kimpton truly unique, however, is the employee perks: pet insurance, bereavement leave, and on-site beds, toys, treats, and water bowls for canine coworkers.
Based in San Francisco, Salesforce provides cloud-based software for its clients. Part of the company’s pet policy includes Puppyforce, which is a special room that can be booked by up to 6 employees at a time for use with their dogs. This room includes padded cages, dog beds, soundproof walls, water bowls, and cleaning wipes - essentially everything a pet owner would require for a comfortable workday with a pet. In addition, Salesforce offers employees discounts on pet insurance, pet supplies, veterinary house calls, and dog walking.
The Build-A-Bear Workshop headquarters, located in Missouri, is friendly to all types of animals, real or stuffed. Employees can bring their dogs to work (so long as pets follow a canine etiquette agreement), and pets also enjoy special perks. These bonuses include treats, a canine concierge, and office-side doggy birthday parties.
The ubiquitous vacuum cleaning manufacturer, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is well known for its inclusive pet policy. Employees can bring their dogs to the “Pet Spot,” which is a space specifically reserved for co-working pets. The Pet Spot includes individual workstations, kennels with outdoor access, an outdoor walking path, and a pet-washing station. Here, pet owners enjoy all the comforts of home - and then some!
Zynga is best known as the company that created addicting phone games such as Farmville and Chess with Friends. The work environment at Zynga is one of the pet-friendliest in the nation, thanks to a dog park located on the roof as well as “barking lots” throughout the office for employees to play with their dogs. Unsurprisingly, Zynga is headquartered in San Francisco, which is also one of the country’s dog-friendliest cities!
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Please note: all dogs should be treated as individuals. The Actijoy™ blog is for educational and entertainment purposes only. In the case of emergency, always seek qualified healthcare from a local veterinarian or emergency facility. Actijoy™ blogs are not designed to treat, diagnose, or prescribe medication for your pet.