In news to cheer us up on this Monday, a number of companies have started offering paid ‘pawternity’ (see what they did there) leave for employees when they get a puppy.
If you’ve ever got a puppy you’ll know they can be pretty hard work, requiring attention around the clock for their first few weeks. They need time to settle, bond and adapt to their new home.
Well, it turns out that more and more companies are now becoming sympathetic to the plight of new dog owners, with research conducted by Petplan finding that 5% of owners have been offered paid leave when their new furry friend arrives on the scene.
According to Business Insider, Mars Petcare, one of the first to offer pawternity leave, offers employees 10 hours of paid leave when they get a new pet, and after that they can bring them into the office for everyone to enjoy!
Mparticle offers a generous two weeks of paid leave if an employee adopts a rescue dog. Recruiter for the company, Laurel Peppino, said: "We offer maternity and paternity leave and a pet is just another member of the family. We don't discriminate just because they aren't human.”
Manchester tech company, BitSol Solutions, offers employees a full week of paid leave if they get a new pet. The owner of the company, Greg Buchanan, said: "Pets are like babies nowadays, so why shouldn't staff have some time off when they arrive?”
And punk brewers BrewDog have just started offering a week of paid leave. And the reason for this - they just really love dogs!
On a slightly more sombre note, an increasing number of employees are being offered bereavement time off when their pets die.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants in San Francisco offers three days leave, Mars Inc offers one day and flexible hours, California-based software company VMware and Boston-based Maxwell Health both offer flexible days, and Trupanion, a Seattle-based pet insurance company, offers employees one day.