Four Steps to Creating a Dog-Friendly Workplace

shorty and murphyAugust 26th marks National Dog Day in the United States, a day dedicated to celebrating man’s best friend and the companionship, aid, and unwavering loyalty they bring to their owners. What better way to celebrate our furry-friends than to let them follow us to the office? Not only is it a benefit for puppies (creating opportunities to socialize them with people and other dogs, giving them more exercise, and reducing anxiety by keeping them close to their owners) – bringing your dog to work also has benefits for employees. Having dogs around can actually increase productivity, reduce stress, and inspire creativity. [Read more…]

Dogs with Heart: Eliminating Heart Disease & Stroke One Paw at a Time

feat im 2Every seven minutes in Canada, one person dies from heart disease and stroke. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in North America. Chances are, you’ve likely been affected by heart disease or stroke, if not directly, then through someone you know.

What can we do to eliminate these killers? A good start is to increase our daily activity levels – even if it’s just a 15 minute walk every day. And what’s better motivation for exercise than taking your dog for a walk in the park? Not only will your puppy (or friend’s puppy if you don’t have your own) love you for it, your heart will too. [Read more…]

8 Reasons why Softchoice is a Best Workplace for 8 Years Running

It’s official! Softchoice has been named a Best Place to Work in Canada by the Great Place to Work Institute for the eighth year in a row! To celebrate, we decided to take a trip down memory-lane and reflect on what has made these past eight years so memorable. What do our employees value most about working at Softchoice?

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Five Dog-Friendly Workplace Myths Busted!

dogBen and Jerry’s, Proctor and Gamble, Google and Autodesk – what do they have in common? If you guessed: ‘dog-friendly workplace’ – you’d be right!  But these corporate giants aren’t the only companies welcoming canines – Softchoice is also proud to be a dog-friendly office! And, according to a study by the American Pet Products Association, nearly 1 in 5 workplaces in America have already joined the four-legged workforce.

Of course, many organizations still have concerns about bringing dogs into the workplace. But it’s not as complicated as you might think! Robbie Eddison, Assessment Services Supervisor at Softchoice, owner of Lebowski, and a key member of our Dog Committee, has helped bust the top five myths about bringing dogs to work! [Read more…]

Pooch Profile: Gracie the Pug/ Jack Russell Terrier may be small but lives large!

Gracie is known to be a pretty territorial pup!Name: Gracie O’Neil

Age: 6 years old

Breed: Pug / Jack Russell Terrier

Owner: Jenn O’Neil, Leadership Development Coach, OD

Position: Director of Security / Tennis Ball Regional Manager

Tenure at Softchoice: 5.5 years of service, and counting [Read more…]

Pooch Profile: Murphy may be little, but he’s a big star at Softchoice!

Name:  Murphy Walker

Nicknames:  Murph, Smurf, Murph-Smurf ….

Age:  8 months

Breed:  Cocker-Spaniel / Poodle, Male

Owner:  Jeremy Walker, PreSales Operations Specialist

Tenure at Softchoice: 4 months

Position and Duties: Jr. Distractions Officer, K9 Sigma Black Belt Certified

Best Friend at Softchoice: Fitz McKarney, Carin Terrier

Why I love Softchoice: So many dog owners, so many treats to earn. I’m a whole pound bigger since I came to Softchoice!

Pet Peeves: I may be small, but I hate being ignored. I like to get the undivided attention I deserve!

Favorite Pastime: When I’m not making sure everyone is really, really distracted upstairs, I head over to the Sales floor. Each and every visit to the Sales floor is another chance to showcase the Murphy Circus. Step right up! There are more than 11 tricks to showcase! Over 15 tickets sold in less than 3 months. Admission is just one piece of dehydrated chicken.

Dreams & Ambitions: Ever since I was just a little pup, I’ve wanted to become a circus performer. I love being in the spotlight. But the circus life doesn’t pay as well as IT, and a young dog’s gotta’ pay for kibble somehow! Maybe one day I’ll be a real show dog … but performing on the side is fun for now.