Jun,2017

Take your dog to work week

Mars Petcare Celebrates Pet Sitters International's ‘Take Your Pet To Work Week™’

As global leaders, Mars Petcare is passionate about pets and knows that having pet friendly offices is good for both employees and their dogs. 

Dogs in the office can offer a sense of comfort, relieve stress, increase physical activity and even improve productivity and happiness. And Mars has the research to prove it.

The latest Banfield Hospital (part of Mars Petcare) PAWrometerTM (PAW = Pets at Work) surveyed 1,000 employees and 200 Human Resource decision makers from a mix of company sizes and industries across the U.S. in early 2017. The study explored perceptions of pet-friendly workplaces and found that overall permitting pets in the workplace have a positive impact on employees. 

The top five areas of improvements as a result of implementing pet-friendly policies include:  
  • employee morale (93 percent) 
  • reduced stress among employees (93 percent) 
  • work-life balance (91 percent) 
  • greater loyalty to the company (91 percent) 
  • reduced guilt among pet owners about leaving their pets at home (91 percent). 
The WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition (also part of Mars Petcare) has completed additional research, who revealed that dogs in the workplace had a generally positive effect on the working environment and reduced employee stress. 

“It’s true - bringing your dog to work is good for you! Dogs in the office can offer a sense of comfort, relieve stress, increase physical activity and even improve productivity. Having pets in the office is one of many ways we aim to make the world a better place for pets. And although every day is “Take Your Dog to Work Day” here, we think it’s important to celebrate with the rest of the world on this special day for pets and people.” – Valery Schapov, President of Mars Russia. 

 Mars Petcare sites around the world are celebrating the benefits of bringing our furry friends to work with a range of activities happening between 19-23 June.  

As global leaders in Petcare, Mars is committed to making the world a better place for pets all around the world – and as part of this purpose, currently many of its sites already welcome pets so Associates can spend and enjoy more time with pets at work.