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If the hosPETality program at Kimpton Hotels is any indicator, the company acknowledges the importance of having pets at your side. The general manager of each hotel determines whether or not employees can bring their beloved canines to work, but everyone is offered reduced-rate pet health insurance. And some lucky staff member pets are actually part of a Director of Pet Relations program, in which furry friends serve as ambassadors to critter-loving guests. For example, Timmy at Monaco Portland belongs to the concierge, and “Diva of Pet Relations” Georgie belongs to the GM at Hotel Vintage Plaza.
If you want to learn more about pet-friendly offices, Google them! The world’s most popular search engine and web portal has long been known for its relatively flexible workplace vibe, especially when it comes to critters. In fact, animals are so beloved here that the cafe at Google’s Mountain View campus is named for a former employee's Leonberger, Yoshka. Satellite offices around the country have free rein to make their own dog policies, but at the Seattle location, there are dedicated spaces for pups equipped with cushy pillows, water bowls and plenty of toys.
Even Ben & Jerry’s companywide voicemail message references “the human you’re trying to reach” and laments that “office dogs” don’t get their own phones to answer. Four-legged employees are walked along an adjacent pond, and baggies are provided for cleanup. At regular cookouts in the summer, there are even carnival-type events organized for dogs, with toys and treats offered in place of ice cream.
If you produce pet products, it would make sense that you’d be sensitive to your animal-owning employees. The folks at P & G Pet Care (the company behind IAMS) put their best paw forward, encouraging employees to bring “four-legged family members” into the office. At their Mason campus, the corporation built a dog park and a special canine entrance. As a result, the senior-level management has noticed increased productivity and joy, thanks to desk-side nuzzles from sweet dogs — a benefit that's priceless.
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