Employee benefits are becoming more creative by the day. Flexible working hours, uncapped holiday leave, and dress down Friday are among the most popular benefits companies are offering, however some go even further. One of Scotland’s biggest exports, the Brewers ‘Brewdog’, have announced they are now allowing their employees one weeks additional paid leave for all workers who adopt a puppy or rescue dog. The announcement, unsurprisingly made headlines across the globe with social media quick to name it ‘Pawternity Leave’. Not only that but Brewdog also allows dogs in the offices on a daily basis. The company believes this creates a more relaxed and chilled environment.
However, although our four legged friends may bring character and appeal to the workplace, do benefits such as this bring ROI (return on investment)? Studies at the University of Warwick have shown employee happiness increases productivity levels by 12%, compared to results showing that unhappy employees are 10% less productive. Could we adopt a dog friendly workplace in insurance? Possibly, but only dogs with a tie and polished shoes would be allowed into Lloyd’s!