By Ricardo Garcia
Don’t we all wish our company would pay us for a week off just take care of and play with our new dog? Now this may be a reality! A Scotland-based craft beer company, BrewDog, is integrating a one week’s paid leave to almost 1,000 of their employees around the world when they welcome a new puppy to into their lives. BrewDog was started in 2007 by Watt and Martin Dickie and the company’s mascot, a labrador named Bracken. They now employ nearly 1,000 people around the world. They have offices in Aberdeenshire, Glasgow, and London, and 50 bars around the world. Their headquarters in Aberdeenshire have 50 (well-behaved) office dogs. Workers strongly believe that having dogs around the office influences the employees and the work environment, making it a relaxed, stress-free space where employees will be more productive. In regards to the implementation of their new “pawternity” leave, they believe, “It’s not easy trying to juggle work and settle a new dog into your life, and many members of our crew have four-legged friends at home. We always want to raise the bar when it comes to offering our staff the best possible benefits; at BrewDog, we care about two things above all else. People and beer. We also just really really like dogs.” After the employee takes “pawternity” leave, they must bring their dog to work to avoid the separation anxiety. For them, it is important that if their employees have dogs, they have a good relationship with them, even though they have to go to work everyday. There are no other companies in the US that have this type of leave for employees; BrewDog is the first brewery in the UK and the first company in the US that offers time off to care for a new dog. Their goal is to be a positive company to work for, offering the best benefits to their employees. The use of “pawternity” leave has received a lot of positive feedback on social media. After they announced their leave, they started to received many applications from people that were eager to work for them. They will be opening a new brewery in Ohio this spring, which will be one of the most technologically advanced, environmentally friendly breweries in the world, and the employees in this new brewery will also be able to have this new perk. BrewDog has proven to be a non-traditional company, allowing their employees to bring their dogs to work and having a liberal free beer policy. BrewDog is the perfect company for any beer and dog aficionado to send an application into.