BrewDog Brewery Offers Employees “Paw-ternity Leave”
There’s a new dog in town… and it’s cool UK brewery we’d happily raise a glass ! That’s because BrewDog Brewery, corporately based in Scotland, just opened a new plant in Winchester, Ohio, and they’re offering their employees pet parental leave!
BrewDog Brewery is passionate about two things–its beer and its people. They found that their people were also passionate about their beer, as well as their dogs. Founders Martin Dickie and James Watt could relate–they started BrewDog in 2007 with two employees and one dog (the original BrewDog, Bracken). The duo claim that dogs are central to their way of life, and as such, have just become the first company in the United States to offer ‘paw-ternity’ leave!
BrewDog will offer their employees a week’s worth of paid leave to help when a new furry arrival joins the family. They recognize that entering a forever home, no matter what the age of the pooch, can be tough on both human and pup alike, so they want to facilitate the special bonding of those first, important days with a new dog.
American businesses don’t give paid leave for new dogs as a general rule, (let’s be honest… there’s really not much leave given for new humans in America either!). They recognize that few companies give time off to employees to bond with a new dog, but they also say that few businesses value dogs as much as they do.
They’re not lying about their dedication to dogs, either (as if the name wasn’t telling enough!). They encourage employees to bring their dogs to work, and their headquarters in Scotland boasts 50 ‘office dogs’ in attendance on a regular basis. And while they also offer enhanced maternity and paternity leave benefits that many other companies don’t hold a candle to, their one-of-a-kind ‘paw-ternity’ leave gives us reason to give BrewDog three cheers!
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