Recently, a company in Minneapolis, Minnesota made changes to its employee benefits. There were the typical changes to make the lives of their employees better. But one of the most unusual and unique changes has been giving their employees the option to take a leave or work from home when they get new pets or when they are welcoming new pets to their home.
“This is kind of a no-brainer,” said Allison McMenimen, a vice president at the company, who helped devise the new policy. “The idea of offering benefits that just help keep employees at the office, that’s over.”
In the past few years, several companies in North America have made drastic changes to the perks that they offer their employees so they could better retain their workers or attract new recruits. Global giants such as Google and Facebook have been at the forefront of all of this, and they offer perks such as gourmet meals in the cafeteria, gyms and day care centers onsite.
But a recent trend has companies going as far as offering paid leave or work from home for the wellbeing of their pets. This so called “fur-ternity” leave allows people to work around their schedule so they can be there for their cats, dogs, or whatever pet they have to attend to. The latest company to do this is a New York Data company called mParticle, who are offering “paw-ternity leave”. This leave is two weeks of paid time off for those who adopt a rescue dog or any pet into their lives.