And for those firms who submitted entries to the publication’s second annual “Bark’s Best Place to Work” contest, it’s also a matter of pride. Across the country, companies large and small are proudly flying the dog flag, and that’s a good thing.
The winners were chosen by a panel of judges based on a canine-friendly workspace, dog-driven work policies, and dedication to humane causes.
The winners are:
--Trupanion, Seattle, Wash. / 400 employees, 227 cats and dogs: The a pet insurance company provides its employees with a bunch of pet-related benefits, including a free pet insurance policy with an enhancement that covers alternative therapies, a dog-walking service, baby gates and tethers at every cubicle, and a dedicated Pet Team made up of employees with veterinary, training and behavior expertise who provide guidance and review pet incidents.
--Etsy, Brooklyn, N.Y. / 600 employees, 50 dogs: Etsy’s dog-friendly policy, which has been in place from the e-commerce site’s beginning in 2005, allows employees’ dogs to wander at will through the company’s headquarters in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood.
--Archer>malmo, Memphis, Tenn. / 160 employees, 25 dogs: The advertising/marketing agency has been welcoming dogs to the office for the last 15 of its 60-plus years. This Memphis firm’s open (dog) door policy began in the late 1990s as part of “Bring Your Dog to Work” day; before long, dogs at work were the rule rather than the exception.
Dogs in the workplace mean reduced employee stress, increased employee satisfaction and a positive work environment. Not to mention an option to lighten up with a little puppy love when things get harried.