We aim to create a work environment full of respect, inclusiveness, and fun and for the fifth year in a row, Mars was named as a great place to work for Associates! From providing wholesome meals, delicious treats, and bringing our pets to work, it’s no surprise that Associates love working at Mars. Continue reading about why Mars is a great place to work, Banfield’s PAWrometer™ study, and a Q&A with our new Banfield President Brian Garish.
BANFIELD® Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer™ Study
Four-legged friends roaming around the office could be better for your company than you might think. Banfield Pet Hospital released its second annual PAWrometer™ study, surveying 1,000 employees and 200 HR decision makers from various companies, to better understand the impact and perceptions of pet-friendly workplaces and other pet-related policies.
According to the 2017 findings, while policies permitting pets in the workplace remain highly favorable for employees, other pet-related benefits like paid pet bereavement leave, general pet-related paid time off (PTO), and paid leave to care for a new pet matter more to workers. Most employees indicated they prefer to offer other pet-related benefits over allowing pets in the workplace and out of all the benefits, pet-related PTO received the most favorable rating from both employees and HR decision makers. Additionally, 73 percent of employees were likely to accept a job offer from a company with pet-related benefits other than allowing pets in the workplace.
The study also found pet-friendly workplaces were the most desirable among millennial employees. Millennials between the ages of 18 and 35 were receptive to pet-friendly workplaces, with an overwhelming majority believing these environments positively impact employees and company culture. The data also advised that pet-friendly policies are likely to influence a millennial’s job search with 42 percent considering such programs important compared to 23 percent of older employees.
Additionally, HR decision makers are noticing the positive impact of pet-friendly workplaces and other related policies. Within the study, more than two-thirds of HR decision makers noted the following improvements as a result of implementing pet-friendly policies. These five areas include:
1. Employee morale;
2. Reduced stress among employees;
3. Work-life balance;
4. Increased loyalty to the company; and
5. Reduced guilt among pet owners about leaving their pets at home.
Finally, Banfield’s findings suggest that with more opportunities offered to employees to help care for pets during the work day, the number of adoptions may increase. The survey shows that over one-third of employees and about half of HR decision makers at non-pet-friendly workplaces said they would get a pet or add another pet to their respective families if they were able to bring pets to work. Further, more than 60 percent of those surveyed in both audiences believed people would adopt more pets if their companies offered pet-friendly policies.
“Banfield’s purpose to make a better world for pets is not just something we say, it’s something we live day in and day out in our office, too,” said Brian Garish, President, Banfield Pet Hospital.
“With more than 25 years of welcoming dogs into our headquarters, we know first-hand the positive impact of pets in the workplace, and I love that we’re able to quantify the impact of pet-friendly policies through the PAWrometer survey data.”
To view the full report, click here.