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…]

Six reasons to make man’s best friend, man’s best coworker.

Every dog has its day, and on June 22, thousands of canine best friends are accompanying their owners to work for the 14th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. But at many of North America’s Best Workplaces – including Google, Amazon and Build-A-Bear Workshop – have already unleashed their employees and let them bring their canine companions to work every day. Of course, Softchoice employees are also happy as a flea in a dog house (in a sense) to have our four-legged friends in the office!

Think you have a dog’s chance of implementing a dog-friendly workplace at your company, these six benefits – for both dogs and employees – may just help you make the case!  [Read more…]

I heart working at Softchoice

Our corporate sales centers and branch offices are typically located in major urban centers. This ensures ready access to a pool of skilled and highly educated candidates. We view our facilities as an extension of our unique corporate culture.

Through open-concept loft-style spaces, we seek to promote a warm, comfortable environment that encourages the free exchange of ideas. That means providing spaces that offer plenty of elbow room and informal meeting areas where employees can connect on business or catch up with their co-workers. We continue to make significant investments to create a consistent feel across all of our locations.

Our Toronto headquarters has a large lunchroom with comfortable lounge-style seating and a multimedia center to encourage employees to leave their desks and socialize with each other. There is also a quiet room where employees can spend downtime and an in-house gym to encourage our people to integrate fitness into their daily routine.
Softchoice has also maintained a number of unique traditions that we believe contribute to a vibrant work environment. In most offices, employees are free to bring their dog to work, and once a month we offer refreshments and snacks to all employees, providing an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments together. While relatively small details, taken together, these initiatives ensure Softchoice remains not just a place to work, but also a place to socialize, relax and stay healthy.