SOME PEOPLE hate to be separated from their pets and for many locking their dog into the garden before making their way to work can be a real wrench.
Yet for the employees of Petsafe, this will no longer be a problem as plans are in place to create Dundalk’s first animal friendly workplace.
“Employees will be allowed to bring their pets to work, and not just on special occasions. This will be everyday,” says MD of Petsafe, Dave Verdon.
“We believe in creating an environment that is conducive to employee happiness. We want people here who have a genuine passion for animals and animal welfare.”
The company who sell a wide range of pet products in the US and increasingly across Europe, say that they are not “taking the lead” of other large multinationals, and that they have had a pro-pet stance for years, pre-dating the move by Google to bring pets to the workplace.
“We would like to think of ourselves as an employer of choice ie; a employer that people desire to work for.”
The team at Petsafe would only take up the office space on the Market Square on the condtion that the lease be changed to allow pets access.
The pets will be facilated at the office in their own beds, at the feet of their owners.
And of course pets, much like their owners, need on occasion to use the toilet facility. This will be facilitated on the large outdoor terrace to the rear of the open-plan office.
However, all the pets that come through the door, or the flap as it were, will have to be trained before hand.
“All dogs that are allowed in the office will have to be trained and able to get along with our other associates pets. If a dog is aggressive or unruly, then they will not be allowed in the workplace.”
With 56 workers to be employed on the site, it has the potential to be quite a menagerie.
This isn’t the only benefit to workers, says Vice-President Laurie MacNair, who told the paper: “We have a programme which can help workers to quit smoking and we have a gym reimbursement scheme which promotes exercise and a healthy lifestyle. We believe that investing in a person’s health makes a happier and ultimately a more productive worker.”
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