Lion celebrates Take Your Dog to Work Day
It was International Take Your Dog to Work Day on June 21 and Lion celebrated by welcoming furry friends at its Sydney Olympic Park office.
"We've held our first “Bring your dog to work” Day inviting our four legged friends in to support their human at work at our Sydney Olympic Park office," Lion noted. "Research shows pets in the office support their owners reducing stress, promoting wellness, and getting people socialising. Which is just what happened in our pet friendly area with a great buzz of excitement from owners, visitors and our 19 dogs attending across the day - all on their best behaviour too! The initiative went so well, we're already planning the next day!"
Leading the pack internationally on Take Your Dog to Work Day was Amazon, which welcomed 7000 dogs to work its Seattle headquarters last Friday.
An Amazon spokesperson told CNBC that every day is unofficially Take Your Dog to Work Day at the company, with campus amenities including dog parks, dog parking spaces (equipped with inactive parking meters for tethering leashes), as well as dog-friendly water fountains, conveniently located next to the human-sized water fountains.
An average of about 800 dogs come to work at Amazon every day. According to an Amazon spokesperson, the most popular dog breeds are French Bulldog, Chihuahua and the Goldendoodle, and Charlie, Lucy, Bella, Luna, and Bailey are the most common names.
“Having dogs in our workplace is an amazing treat,” writes Lara Hirschfield, Amazon “Woof Pack” manager, on the company’s blog. “They make employees smile, and we’re proud this is such a uniquely Amazonian tradition – it’s truly ingrained in our company and culture.”
Studies have shown the presence of pets can help reduce a person’s stress levels at work.
Employees who bring their dogs also reported higher levels of job satisfaction and had a more positive perception of their employer.
Check out the cute pics from the Lion office: