Imagine yourself at work, installed at your desk, your dog is quietly lying at your feet… This scene is not unique within Mars Petcare, an American group, whose site at Saint-Denis-de-l’Hôtel-headquarters and factory in France-has more than 500 people.
For forty years, the prepared food specialist and hygiene products for pets, offers its employees go to work with their dogs. Mars Petcare also founded a “dog park” outside in its place in the Loire Valley. A practice reinforced by returning to office, after two years in jail.
So far, the Saint-Denis-de-l’Hôtel site has received a dozen dogspunctually or regularly, and “many new files are processed”, according to Donatienne du Vignaudirector of communications at Mars Petcare.
A “charter of good practices”
Employees can bring their dogs as many days as they want “as long as they can preserve their well-being and that they can find their rhythm”, explains Donatienne du Vignau. On the river, they got the agreement of their manager and their close associates.
The company has established a “charter of good practices”. Acceptable doggies should be in good health, present with the latest vaccinations, clean, social and educated :
“The employee is responsible for the presence of his animal. It’s up to him to take his feces, to walk him.”
What are the benefits?
According to the communications director, the dog “brought the employee better work-life balancereduce his stress, increase his productivity, make him more loyal to the company, strengthen the bond between employees ”.
Eloise Perreuxan employee of Saint-Denis-de-l’Hôtel, brings his pet to the office when his days are not too busy “to take advantage of him”:
“This allowed him not to be alone, to meet many people and other dogs. And during the heat, he takes advantage of the coolness of the offices. “
What are the benefits for him? “First of all look at the well-being of my dog, but also to exchange with other colleagues thanks to him. Not considered his presence is good for my health. He got me up from my desk and took my eyes off my screen! “
Tuesday July 12at its location in Saint-Denis-de-l’hôtel, Mars Petcare was organized a day “dogs at work”. All its staff are invited to participate in this event aimed at promoting animal welfare. In the program, an exchange with Romain Dumas, general manager of Mars Petcare France; sharing experiences between employees; a workshop on the future of work and the benefits of the presence of dogs in the office, led by a dog behaviorist…
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