It’s a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to hiring and retaining the best employees. More than half of employees are thinking about or are actively looking for a new opportunity. How can you keep them? Top dog leaders spike loyalty.
The PAWrometer Report by Banfield Pet Hospital shows that 83% of employees are more loyal to companies with pet-friendly policies. And more than half of employees at companies without such a policy are more likely to stay if their company had this. Top dog leaders spike loyalty.
Do you feel a headache coming on thinking about creating a pet-friendly workplace?
You better give your pet a hug. Just simple interaction with any pet will lower your blood pressure. There are perks for the company, too. Workers don’t need to rush home to care for their pet, the office “dog-eat-dog” vibe is diminished and workers’ creativity plus social interaction increases.
How can you be stressed or cranky looking into the soft brown eyes of Crumpet (the Pomeranian at Purina’s headquarters)? Dr. Kurt Venator, Purina’s Chief Veterinary Officer, says that having pets at work enriches their corporate culture. And the benefits are so compelling that Purina launched its Pets at Work movement in 2012.
Perhaps your company is not ready for pets roaming the office. That’s okay. Only 7% of companies allow this, according to SHRM’s 2016 Employee Benefits report. Use these tips to be pet-friendly without pets at work.
Top dog leaders spike loyalty.
Create online pet love. Genentech created on an online community called “gDogs” that’s a resource for employees. Events are scheduled for members to get together outside of work with their dogs.
Offer pet insurance. By 2018, 60% of companies are expected to offer this benefit. Companies with as few as 20 employees can offer this affordably. Negotiate a coverage discount. Owners of multiple pets might receive additional discounts.
Provide bereavement leave. Your company already offers this for immediate family members. Include employee-owned pets in your policy. After all, 65% of dog owners consider Fido a member of their family.
Arrange volunteer opportunities. Employees can volunteer at the local humane society. In addition to working with the shelter pets, perhaps your local society services homebound seniors with meal and pet food deliveries.
“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.” ~ Louis Saban
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