Category: Pets and the workplace

Pet-ternity leave? Company offering a paid day off a year for employees to spend with their pets

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Company policy gives pet owners a chance to spoil their pets with a romp in the park or spend the day with their pet any other way they choose through paid day off “Paw-ternity” leave policy.

Recently we posted about a Nationwide and Human Animal Bond Research Institute Study that showed the benefits of pet friendly workplaces.

Hot on the heels of that news,

Study shows pets in the workplace have a lot of positive benefits

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More than three times as many employees at pet friendly workplaces report a positive working relationship with their boss and co-workers.

BREA, California (PRNewswire) — A recent study conducted by Nationwide, in partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), reveals that 90 percent of employees in pet friendly workplaces feel highly connected to their company’s mission and fully engaged with their work as well as willing to recommend their employer to others.

In contrast, less than 65 percent of employees in non-pet friendly workplaces made the same claims.

The study defined a pet friendly workplace as one that allows pets (regularly or occasionally) and/or offers a pet friendly employee benefit, such as pet health insurance.

More than three times as many employees at pet friendly workplaces report a positive working relationship with their boss and co-workers, significantly more than those in non-pet friendly environments. Moreover, these employees are more likely to stay with a company long term. The findings held true even among non-pet owners in both pet friendly and non-pet friendly workplaces.

Business donates time and skills to help keep cats safe

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Mr Electric crew worked with The Goathouse Refuge to provide all new electric work for this deserving charity. (PRNewsfoto/Mr. Electric Durham)

DURHAM, North Carolina, (PRNewswire)– There aren’t many places in today’s world that offer ongoing, unconditional care to animals in need, but that’s exactly what the Goathouse Refuge does.

According to their website, Goathouse Refuge is a “nonprofit, no-kill animal sanctuary dedicated to providing cage-free care for cats regardless of age, medical issues or disposition until a permanent loving adoptive home can be found.”

Mr. Electric made the decision to donate both labor and material to make the shelter safe after visiting the facility for a normal estimate to upgrade some of the wiring. It was apparent that there was a lot of work to be done to make the wiring usable and safe for the animals and volunteers.