Name: Paternity leave.
Age: At least five years.
Appearance: None, up to three weeks.
No appearance where? At work. It’s like paternity leave, but for dogs.
My dog doesn’t have a job. Or cats, or any animal. It’s for the caregiver, not the animal.
But why? To help the animal settle down, develop the bond between the animal and the owner, organize injections and establish routines, that sort of thing.
When did it even become a topic of discussion? Last week, when Roger Wade, CEO of Boxpark, which runs malls built from shipping containers, set up a LinkedIn poll after an employee requested paid time off to care for a puppy.
Cheeky. What did people think of this? Out of 34,000 responses, 61% were against the idea.
I should think so. It will never hang on. But it’s already done. Employers have been offering different forms of paternity leave for years.
Name one. Mars Petcare, maker of Whiskas and Pedigree, gives employees 10 hours of paid time off to care for a new pet, after which they can bring the animal to work.
It doesn’t matter – it’s a pet food business; they probably have cats on the staff. Name another one. Craft beer company BrewDog began offering employees a week of “puppy parental leave” in 2017. Founder James Watt said the company wants to “raise the bar” on benefits.
Is this the same BrewDog who has been accused of bullying and fostering “a culture of fear” by former employees, and apologized in June? Yeah, exactly the same – weird.
Well, at least they accept dogs … They are not alone. According to Petplan Insurance, one in 20 new pet owners in the UK have been offered time off to care for them. Manchester IT company BitSol Solutions is giving staff a week off with pay. A growing number of US companies are also offering time off for new pets, sick animals, and dead animals.
Are you kidding? In the United States, they don’t even have mandatory maternity leave. Maybe not, but extended benefits are increasingly seen as a way to retain employees during the post-pandemic labor shortage.
What is the least annoying animal that I can adopt while still being entitled to paid vacation? I don’t know – a goldfish?
I was thinking ants, because they are already there. It can’t hurt to send an application to BrewDog.
Say: “A dog isn’t just for Christmas. I will also be taking the first two weeks of January.
Do not say : “I cannot go in today – my sourdough is not doing well. “