Is Your Workplace Dog Friendly? #WorkLikeaDog

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We are so fortunate that we can take our dogs to work every day. Working at home, our dogs have their own “desks” (OK, dog beds) in each of our offices.

When we’re traveling, they happily help us research dog-friendly destinations or, if we’re out promoting books, they assist us, as at this recent book signing:
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But we know that self-employed people aren’t the only ones lucky enough to share their workdays with their dogs. More and more businesses are recognizing the importance of welcoming pets into the workplace. Just last month, I hosted a video chat for Skype as their pet ambassador, and several Skype employees had their pets at work!

Companies are finding so many benefits to allowing employees to bring their pets to the workplace. Employees enjoy their day more with their pets along, stress levels are reduced, company loyalty is increased, and overall camaraderie improves.

To celebrate this trend, The Bark magazine has kicked off its annual search for the most dog-friendly workplaces in America. Bark’s Best Places to Work presented by Zuke’s will select three winning companies to be featured in Bark’s print magazine and each of their office pups will receive a year’s worth of Zuke’s dog treats!

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“Dogs are an important part of our lives and we want to promote the unique benefits that they bring to the workplace,” says Chris Meiering, Director of Marketing at Zuke’s, this year’s presenting sponsor. “We are celebrating companies that understand that there is great advantage to a belly rub or a quick game of fetch between meetings!”

Is your workplace dog-friendly? The contest looks at three factors:

  • CANINE-FRIENDLY CAMPUS: Is yours an inviting, safe workplace that pays special attention to the needs and well-being of company dogs, offering a dog workers paradise?
  • DOG-DRIVEN WORK POLICIES: Is there a thoughtful, progressive pet-policy in place that’s fair and balanced for both humans and dogs?
  • DEDICATED TO CANINE CAUSES: When it’s time to donate resources to a cause, does your company unleash the hounds?

Previous winners have included workplaces that range from The Daily Show to Midland School, a college prep boarding school. Last year’s contest had over 200 entries–a diverse list of businesses with one thing in common: their shared love of dogs.

The Bark publisher Cameron Woo points out, “Dogs in the workplace has become one of the best perks businesses can offer employees … many people polled choose a dog-friendly company over salary as the key driver in where they prefer to work. We are excited to showcase some leading edge companies.”

Be sure to check out Bark’s Best Places to Work presented by Zuke’s and mark your calendar for Zuke’s #WorkLikeaDog Twitter party on September 14 from 8-9pm ET! Along with co-hosts To Dog with Love and All Things Dog Blog, we will be giving away prize packs worth over $70 each (over $750 in all!) including subscriptions to The Bark and a selection of Zuke’s treats!

You’ll find everything you need to know about the party and the pre-party giveaways on our RSVP post. And please be sure to take a photo of your dog “at work” and share it as an entry method on that page, too! During the party, we’ll be sharing photos of dogs working–whether that work is fetching their favorite toys, exploring a new trail, or watching out for the mailman.

Rules

Bark’s Best Places to Work presented by Zuke’s is open to for-profit or non-profit businesses or government entities who reside in the continental United States, or District of Columbia; excluding companies residing in Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Territories and Puerto Rico.

You can enter online until October 31, 2014 at midnight. Check contest details, rules and entry form by visiting http://thebark.com/content/barks-best-places-work

We are working with Zuke’s through our partnership in Event Barkers to produce the #WorkLikeaDog Twitter party and share product news with our readers. Prizes will be provided and shipped by Zuke’s. At DogTipper, we only share information we believe in. All opinions expressed herein are our own.

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About Paris Permenter

Paris Permenter is an award-winning author of over 30 pet and travel books. Along with her husband, John Bigley, Paris is the founder and publisher of CatTipper and DogTipper.