Thursday, May 15, 2008

Dog friendly employers ?

A quick question for those of you with dog friendly employers...

My employer is moving our campus in a few years. We've always been dog-friendly in some buildings, but not all of them. (The leases were just different in different buildings.)

The plan is to be dog-friendly in all the buildings going forward, but there have been rumblings about allergies and vague mumblings about dog-free zones.

I'm curious how other employers handle this issue. Does Google have "dog-free zones"? Do they just have non-allergic employees? Do they hand out free Claratin in the office supply area?

I'm particularly curious about larger employers like Google. I assume smaller employers have more flexibility, but large employers have to worry a lot about liability.

[ That said, I'm really curious about any dog friendly employer for job flexibility reasons as well. :-) ]

Is there anyone out there that can give me the inside scoop on other company's written and/or understood pet policies?


Sean Harding said...

I don't think I've ever heard about a dog-free zone at Google (though I suppose the cafes are at least implied to be dog-free). People are supposed to be courteous to their office neighbors and make sure it's ok with them before bringing in their dog. However, the building I work in doesn't allow dogs, and I don't have a dog, so I haven't paid close attention to the intricacies of the rules... I know that in the Google buildings I've been in where dogs are allowed, they seemed to be pretty much everywhere.

:q! said...

The Google recruiter made it sound like they were making an effort to make all the buildings dog friendly in the future. Guess that day hasn't come yet. Thanks for the info though!

Sean Harding said...

I think it's an issue with the landlord at our leased offices right now. Once the new Kirkland campus is finished, I believe all of the buildings will be dog friendly (the Fremont office already is).