12 June 2019

Rover Celebrates Dogs in the Workplace with Inaugural ‘Best Dog-Friendly Companies’ List

Amazon, Airbnb, and Petco Among The Top Companies Awarded, Offering Perks Such as Dog Parks, Pet  Adoption Stipends, and “Pawternity” Leave  


SEATTLE, WA​ -​ June 12, 2019 @ 5am PST ​- In advance of National Take Your Dog to Work Day on  June 21, ​Rover.com​, the world’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers, released its  inaugural ‘​Best Dog-Friendly Companies​’ list today which ranks the top 100 workplaces across the  U.S. for dog lovers to work. The top dog-friendly company went to Amazon and the list also includes  companies such as Airbnb, Petco, Salesforce and Chewy.com. As a dog-friendly office itself, Rover  understands the many benefits of allowing pet parents to have their furry friends by their side each  day at work.  

Today, 40% of all workers feel overworked and pressured, and dogs can offer much-needed relief in  an office environment.​1​ According to the International Journal of Workplace Health Management,  employees with access to pets at work are less stressed and more productive.  

The benefits of a dog-friendly office also impact workplace satisfaction. A recent Rover survey of  more than 1,200 U.S. dog owners found that 75% of pet parents who are able to bring their furry  family members to the office are more likely to stay with their current employer.​2​ They’re more  engaged too​—​two-thirds of employees who currently bring their dog to work feel strongly that  they’re more likely to approach and start a conversation with a coworker if they have a dog with  them.

Phil Tedeschi, Rover’s human-animal behavior expert and executive director of the Institute for  Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver, indicates that ​having pets in the workplace is  often welcomed by many employees, not just pet parents​. “The bond between humans and animals  is good for human health and can build connections in the work environment,” he said. “Pets often  allow for engagement and shared activity, in turn strengthening bonds among coworkers.”   

While more and more companies are becoming dog friendly, Rover set out to find which are doing it best and polled more than 100 dog-friendly companies across the U.S. The companies were scored  against data Rover collected from pet parents on what they value most, including the total number of dogs allowed in the office, dog and pet parent perks, and office amenities geared towards pups. Top perks offered by several of the companies listed include dog parks on campus, pet adoption fee  stipends, pet bereavement, and “pawternity” leave. “Company culture is one of the most important factors that attracts talent to a workplace and tends  to keep them there,” said Jovana Teodorovic, Rover’s head of people and culture. “While having dogs at the office brings the obvious playfulness and endless wagging tails, it also heightens employees’ emotional intelligence, helping them feel more comfortable opening up with one another. Fostering  this kind of environment is one of Rover’s key cultural pillars, and we’re thrilled to see more companies hopping on board,” she added. 

Check out the full list ​h​ere​.

 

1​ According to studies cited by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) 
2 ​Rover survey conducted via SurveyMonkey in March 2019 among 1,238 US adult dog owners who work in an  office.
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About Rover.com 
Founded in 2011 and based in Seattle, Rover.com® is the world’s largest and most trusted network  of five-star pet sitters and dog walkers. Rover connects dog and cat owners with pet care whenever  they need it. Millions of services have been booked on Rover, including pet sitting, dog walking,  in-home boarding, drop-in visits and doggy day care. 
As The Dog People™, Rover makes it easier for people to have pet love in their lives through the  Rover Guarantee, 24/7 support, vet consultations, and GPS walk tracking. And by sharing expertise  on TheDogPeople.com—one of the world’s top pet blogs—Rover provides tips and articles that  delight, inform, and enhance the bond between people and their pets. To learn more about Rover,  please visit ​http://www.rover.com​. 


Ranking Methodology 
Rover’s 2019 Top Dog Friendly Offices were awarded based on Rover’s proprietary ranking which  polled more than 100 dog-friendly companies across the U.S. Each company was awarded points  based on key dog-friendly criteria including number of dogs allowed in the office, dog and pet  parent perks, and amenities. 


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