August 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…]
Ben 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: Charlie the Vizsla is an aspiring model/actor who loves attention, naps and peanut butter!
Age: 10 months
Breed: Vizsla (Natural-born hunters, with hearts of gold)
Owner: Karl Tegtmeyer, BD – Vendor Sales Specialist, Seattle
Charlie’s Position at Softchoice: Charlie is the office ‘nap coordinator’ and an avid ‘attention-seeker’. Everyone loves Charlie, so he expects a lot of attention on a fairly regular basis. Charlie loves to paw people, demanding that they come over to visit and spend some quality time with him.
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…]
Name: Shorty Eddison
Nicknames: Shortstax, Shortskins, Nizzles …
Age & Breed: Turing 6 on June 15, Husky / German Shepard mix
Age & Breed: 6 years old, female, lab/husky mix
Position: Seattle Office Custodian (Vacuuming/inhaling a few loose snacks here and there…that’s my specialty!)
Owner: Michelle Eatherton, Vendor Marketing Manager
Pet Peeves: Dogs that act like dogs. Have some class. [Read more…]