Given the race to recruit Millennial talent lately, this makes sense. Research shows that having a canine pal in the office increases morale, teamwork, and productivity, even if your dog spends most of his day just snoozing under your desk.
Canine coworkers are common in Silicon Valley. Google, for instance, has a big club of dog lovers who have dubbed themselves Dooglers. Online game company Zynga, best known for its Facebook app FarmVille, was named after a bulldog named Zinga who belonged to co-founder Mark Pincus.
Pooches seem to have replaced ping pong in popularity among Millennials: 51% of all employees, and 58% of those under age 30, in a recent survey said that dogs in the office make a company “a cool place to work” — three times the number who said the same about ping pong or foosball tables.
Want more proof? About 5,000 U.S. companies have started offering pet insurance as an employee benefit. The list of companies includes Microsoft, T-Mobile, Levi-Strauss, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, and Yahoo.
In fact, Ikea made Fortune’s latest ranking of the Best Companies to Work For in part because it made veterinary coverage available.
So read the rest of the story from Fortune Magazine if you want. Then talk to us about how to set up a great pet insurance program to help in your recruitment efforts.
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