Thursday, 4 July 2019

Corporate giant Amazon has taken a dog-friendly workplace to the next level in the US

                                                       Image ©Amazon, with thanks

Amazon loves dogs! Its tradition as a dog-friendly workplace is enjoyed by both staff and pups at its Seattle headquarters.

Not many workforces can boast a ‘Woof Pack’ Manager, but Amazon does indeed have such a job title amongst its thousands of employees. With 566,000 staff worldwide, and 40,000 in its Seattle headquarters, every day is bring-your-dog-to-work-day. It’s an established company tradition; part of the working culture at the company (in the US, but not reflected in its UK bases, sadly). One of Amazon’s early ‘office dogs’ Rufus is still honoured with photos, and a building is even named after the beloved Corgi.

The working environment is designed with canine colleagues in mind, and there’s even a ‘doggie deck’ on the 17th floor of one of the buildings where dogs can exercise and play. Outside, there’s an off-leash dog park with structures for dogs to play on.

Amazon US has recognised the positive benefits of integrating dogs into the workplace, and this includes providing the ideal environment for them too. The wider benefits include supporting local animal charities, for example Ohana Animal Rescue, which benefited from extensive renovation (as well as having some of their dogs rehomed to Amazon employees).

Read more about Amazon’s pet-friendly culture on its blog here:

Want to know more about how to successfully integrate dogs into your workplace?
Check out ‘Office Dogs – the Manual’ by Stephanie Rousseau.

And finally, here’s one of our very own office dogs, Indie, in a relaxed moment!