Mars Petcare, the world’s leading pet care company, officially opened its new North American headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., created as the “Pet Friendly Workplace of the Future.”
The new office fosters a collaborative working environment for Associates and their four-legged friends, including:
- Wi-fi enabled dog park with seating areas and room to run so people and pets can work and play together
- Two indoor dog play areas, staffed by a “pack leader” and full-time “pet sitters” so Associates who may have a busy day can still bring their pets
- Coffee bars on every floor that also have automated “slurp stations” for pets so that everyone can enjoy break time together.
- Custom pet bed and toy storage space throughout the office
- Wider furniture with pet-friendly fabric, including sofas and ottomans, so Associates can lounge with their furry friends
- More than 60 acres of outdoor green space and walking paths – all designed with pet-friendly landscaping
The new corporate headquarters demonstrates how Mars Petcare is working every day to fulfill its purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™ and in turn, serve as a beacon for other business leaders across the country to introduce pet-friendly polices at their own workplaces.
Pets are more than just members of the family – they make great co-workers. When pets are welcomed in the workplace, consumer surveys have shown they boost morale by contributing to lower stress levels and increased collaboration among employees. They can even make a job more satisfying.
People thrive in pet-friendly environments, and more importantly, they intentionally search for them. When Mars Petcare surveyed business leaders and their employees across the United States about pets at work, 87 percent said being dog-friendly helps them attract and retain more talent. In addition, nearly 60 percent of employees said they’d choose a dog-friendly employer over one who’s not.
To learn more about how you can make your workplace pet-friendly or to find tools to communicate the benefits of pet-friendly workplaces to your local business leaders, visit BetterCitiesForPets.com.
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