Do you think of your dogs when looking for a new job? More companies are starting to consider the needs of dog parents when designing office spaces and recruiting top talent. Amazon’s Seattle headquarters opened a 1,000-square-foot, 24-hour off-leash dog park last spring for its employees as well as the general public. But if you and your pup are interested in working for Amazon, you might not have to move to Seattle. Amazon just announced 20 finalist cities for the location of its second headquarters, which it’s calling HQ2.
More than 238 cities in the United States, Mexico and Canada applied to be considered for the new Amazon headquarters, which, when built, will bring an expected 50,000 jobs to the chosen area. Many of the finalists on the list are already dog friendly. Austin made the Dogster list of top five dog-friendly cities around the United States. Other dog-friendly cities in the running for Amazon’s HQ2 include Denver, Chicago and New York. Will the new headquarters have an on-site dog park? If the dog park in Seattle is any indication, we sure hope so!
The dog park is located next to Amazon’s Seattle campus — a great perk for dog parents working at Amazon, which is a dog-friendly office inside, too. In fact, Amazon dogs even have their own employee “about” page. About 2,000 dogs join their parents at work at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters and their new dog park has water fountains, platforms for dogs to jump on, and even a treat truck by the local The Seattle Barkery, which makes cakes, donuts and other gourmet treats for hard-working pups!
Amazon isn’t alone in building an on-site dog park for its office pups. Google’s campus in Austin has Pine Patio, a private dog park for employees’ dogs that join them at work on the 29th floor of the company’s office building.
With more and more businesses recognizing that dogs are important members of employees’ families, and dogs now being welcomed at workplaces across America and the world, businesses are looking for even more dog- and pet-friendly perks. Some companies offer free pet food, discounts on dog daycare and pet insurance, sick time for pet parents to care for an ill four-legged family member, and bereavement time to mourn the passing of a beloved pet.
Businesses must consider dogs to remain competitive in the current job market. It’s no wonder that top companies like Amazon and Google are investing in infrastructure to build amenities like dog parks to keep employees and their dogs comfortable at work. Hopefully more companies will jump on the trend!
Tell us: When looking for a job, do you look for dog-friendly companies? Would an on-site dog park attract you? What dog-friendly amenities would you love to have at your place of work?
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Sassafras Lowrey is an award-winning author. Her novels have been honored by organizations ranging from the Lambda Literary Foundation to the American Library Association. Sassafras is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and assists with dog agility classes. Sassafras lives and writes in Brooklyn with her partner, a senior Chihuahua mix, a rescued Shepherd mix and a Newfoundland puppy, along with two bossy cats and a semi-feral kitten. Learn more at sassafraslowrey.com.
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