San Diego, California - 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.
Five San Diego-based companies made the list, including Petco (No. 7), The Control Group (No. 17), Classy (No. 30), ue.co (No. 75) and Siege Media (No. 97).
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.
Best Dog-Friendly Offices in 2019 - Top 15
For more information on each company’s dog-specific perks, check out the full list here.
- Amazon (Seattle, WA)
- Procore Technologies (Carpinteria, CA)
- Trupanion (Seattle, WA)
- Petsmart (Phoenix, AZ)
- Airbnb (San Francisco, CA)
- Nestle Purina Petcare (St. Louis, MO)
- Petco Animal Supplies, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
- Zogics (Lenox, MA)
- Ceros (New York, NY)
- Uber (San Francisco, CA)
- Salesforce (San Francisco, CA)
- Chewy.com (Dania Beach, FL & Boston, MA)
- Sittercity (Chicago, IL)
- Ookla (Seattle, WA)
- Splendid Spoon (Brooklyn, NY)
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.