According to an online survey entitled 10 Biggest Job Likes and Gripes of Employees from Glassdoor, the biggest job “like” listed by employees is the quality of their coworkers, but right after that is their happiness with their work environment. Since HireArt specializes in making sure companies are screening for the most enthusiastic, passionate, and committed employees, we thought we’d look closer at the perks and benefits that go into creating a great place to work.
As a recent respondent to one of our own surveys put it, “We have jobs that are high pressure, intense, and fast-paced. We hire only really smart, really empathetic people who are ready to get in on the ground floor of something very exciting.” And once those new-hires are on board, it’s crucial to keep them happy and focused, which is where perks from onsite laundry service to bringing your dog to work come in.
Inc. Magazine recently reported on perks that companies use to attract top talent and create work life balance:
- Sojern, a San Francisco-based ad platform, now offers up to a week of paid time off to volunteer for charity.
- Amicus, a New York fundraiser for nonprofits, will donate a cow to a needy family in a developing country.
- San-Francisco-based startup Exec matches the usual free house cleaning, free errands, free catered lunch and dinner, and adds a custom dinosaur hoodie.
- ly, a Vancouver-based startup, offers coding retreats to Bangkok.
- The salon-booking website StyleSeat offers employees a budget for haircuts, massages, and shaves, and created a “Whisky of the Month” club.
- LA-based Scopely made a recent recruiting campaign sizzle with hiring bonuses up to $11,000 in “bacon-wrapped cash,” along with a year’s supply of beer, a custom-made tuxedo, and an oil painting of the new employee.
- At iCracked, a San Francisco-based provider of iPhone repair services, the main perk for new hires is free, unlimited rides on the company’s yacht, which is berthed right outside the office. That’s on top of endless food, free gym membership, and more.
- Airbnb is now a dog-friendly workplace, and offers each new hire a $2,000 stipend for travel.
The perk of bringing your dog to work isn’t new though. In 1999, Pet Sitters International started the first “Take Your Dog to Work Day,” and it was a big hit. Since then, several major companies have expanded on that concept to encourage regular participation; the next official day—mark your calendar now– is June 20, 2015.
Caesar Milan, known as “The Dog Whisperer,” calls dogs in the workplace a win-win situation. Obviously, the dog benefits from human interaction throughout the day. Milan points to research showing that dogs in the workplace can lower stress and absenteeism, while increasing employee productivity. The American Pet Products Association has sponsored research that shows pet owners make fewer doctor visits and have better survival rates from major health challenges. The APPA even cites statistics showing that the simple act of petting and talking to animals can reduce stress and blood pressure. Pinterest has a nice slide show of the top 10 places that let you bring a dog to work that you can use for your next search.
Sujan Patel at Fast Company has some good guidelines on creating a good workplace. He recommends employers build trust, incentivize employees, allow creativity to prosper, show appreciation, and allow workers to create their own schedules. Flexible schedules are growing in importance, and Patel points to a new, radical work option: results-only work environment (ROWE). Created by human resource strategists Jody Thompson and Cali Ressler, ROWE is a shift in culture that means employees are solely judged on job performance, rather than the number of hours they put in at the office. Thompson and Ressler found that productivity rises an average 20% and voluntary turnover rates decrease by 90% when companies shift from the old, familiar 40+ hour workweek to ROWE. Daniel Pink, author of “Drive,” calls ROWE “one of the biggest ideas in talent in the last decade.”
For those who commute to the office, bringing in your four-footed friend can tip the balance of a happy, healthy workplace, and more employers are allowing it. So the short answer is probably “Yes” – you are likely to be able to bring your dog to work if you try hard enough. Given the rise of that perk, the trend is clearly in favor of wagging more and barking less.