Mars Petcare Opens Pet Friendly Headquarters
Mars Petcare’s new North American headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., was designed with people and pets in mind.
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Mars Petcare has opened its new North American headquarters in Franklin, Tenn., dubbing it as the “Pet Friendly Workplace of the Future.” The new building is geared to foster a collaborative working environment for associates and their pets, according to company officials.
Features of the new headquarters include:
· Wi-Fi enabled dog park with seating areas and room to run so people and pets can work and play together
· Two indoor dog play areas, staffed so associates who may have a busy day can still bring their pets
· Coffee bars on every floor that also have automated “slurp stations” for pets so that everyone can enjoy break time together
· Custom pet bed and toy storage space throughout the office
· Wider furniture with pet-friendly fabric, including sofas and ottomans
· More than 60 acres of outdoor green space and walking paths, all designed with pet-friendly landscaping
“We’ve welcomed pets into our offices for years,” said Mark Johnson, president of Mars Petcare North America. “We know that they reduce stress and increase our collaboration and productivity at work. And, pets are great for talent recruitment. We know that a majority of candidates would always choose a pet-friendly employer over one who is not. The bottom line is that being a pet-friendly work place is great for our associates, it’s great for our pets and it’s great for our business.”
Pets make great co-workers, said company officials. When Mars Petcare surveyed business leaders and their employees across the United States about pets at work, 87 percent said being dog-friendly helps them attract and retain more talent. In addition, nearly 60 percent of employees said they’d choose a dog-friendly employer over one who’s not.
“When you welcome pets to the workplace, everyone wins,” said Dave Bradey, vice president of people and organization at Mars Petcare. “They make going to work more enjoyable, and it means our pets spend less time alone at home. Since pets naturally help us socialize, there is no better way to meet new colleagues, which in turn leads to improved communication. It’s no wonder pet-friendly workplaces are an important perk for job seekers.”
The “Pet Friendly Workplace of the Future” is the latest initiative from Mars Petcare to promote the benefits of pet companionship and encourage pet-friendly policies, whether in the workplace or the community.
Mars Petcare created the Better Cities for Pets program to inspire business leaders and municipalities to enact pet-friendly polices by providing easily accessible resources featuring best practices as well as industry research on the benefits pets have on humans.
The Better Cities for Pets program includes window clings to identify pet-friendly businesses and restaurants, and “easily accessible pet water bowls and pet waste stations, all intended to make it easier for visitors and residents to be there with their pets,” according to company officials.
Mars Petcare offers tips on how businesses can make their workplace pet-friendly here.