I was reading an article recently and it mentioned that Google is a dog friendly company and allows it’s employees to bring their dogs to work! Everyone from the Senior VP of Operations to less senior staff have the option to bring their dogs to work with them! How cool is that?!
Now of course there are some limitations to the allowance, but they are totally legitimate limitations. Evidence of fleas, excessive barking, biting, chasing, and other similar actions are considered unacceptable and the dog will have to be taken home upon the first complaint. Limitations are also imposed if other employees who are allergic to dogs are being affected.
In addition to these guidelines, it’s clearly stated in Google’s code of conduct that Google isn’t cat friendly company: “Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out.”
Not only can Google employees bring their dogs to work with them, but Google’s dog friendly nature carries over into another facet of their operations. Instead of noisy lawn movers, Google rents goats to help cut down the amount of weeds and brush at Google HQ. The operation of 200 goats (plus herder and a border collie) is kind to the environment, and as Google puts it: “A lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.”
How about any of you out there, is your company dog friendly like Google? Do you bring your dog to work, would you if you had more control of your dog?
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