Amazon Australia invites employees to bring dogs into the office

Amazon Australia will now allow employees to bring their pooches to work at its offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra.

The global Dogs at Work (DAW) program currently has 8,000 registered dogs. Having dogs in the workplace has been shown to reduce stress levels, increase employee interaction and boost morale.

Independent research commissioned by Amazon Australia found that 23% of Australians have welcomed a dog into their family during the pandemic, while seven in 10 dog owners want to bring their pets to work.

One in two owners feel anxious to leave their pet at home while more than 57% think their dog will find it difficult to return to the office.

Senior Human Resources Business Partner Laura Nemaz said the DAW program is already proving a “huge success” with employees.

“Dogs add to our dynamic and collaborative workplace and we have found that they are an unexpected connection mechanism.”

The most popular dog breeds among Amazon Australia employees are Labradors and King Charles Cavaliers. Other registered breeds include Samoyeds, Dachshunds, Miniature Schnauzers, Border Collies, French Bulldogs, Vizslas, and Boston Terriers.

In order to participate in this workplace benefit, dogs must be registered. Employees must provide the dog’s name and breed, registration form, microchip and vaccination certificates.

Once registered, DAW pooches will each receive a “Woof Pack” which includes a branded bag, a doggy mat to lie on, a water bowl and key ring plus treats at each reception.

Dogs will also have their own designated elevator from the property’s loading dock so as not to impact other residents/tenants of the building.

This article was first published by Indoor retail.