A Scottish brewery, BrewDog, has announced they will be offering their employees, currently staffed at ~1,000, with a paid week of “pawternity” leave for staff who get a new dog.
“We are introducing Puppy Parental Leave across our company,” they said on their blog. They continued, saying, “we know only too well that having a new arrival – whether a mewling pup or unsettled rescue dog – can be stressful for human and hound both. So we are becoming the first in our industry to give our staff a working week’s leave on us to help settle a new furry family member into their home.”
Brewdog is based in Scotland but has recently expanded to the United States, with a shop opening in Columbus, Ohio this month (February 20th, 2020). It’s the first company in the United States to offer pawternity benefits, though not the first in the United Kingdom.
“This brand new pooch-based perk will be available to all BrewDog crewmembers across the globe, including those joining our ship Stateside as part of BrewDog Columbus,” says their blog announcement.
While the pawternity program seems to be doing well in Scotland, it’s still really new for their Ohio location, having just opened a week ago. I, for one, cannot wait to see how this goes!
It will be interesting to see if other businesses follow suit and also offer dog parental benefits as part of their employee benefits packages.
If you’re itching to be part of a company like this, their Colombus, Ohio location is hiring. Or, feel free to drop some suggestions for your current employer.