6,000 Dogs 'Work' at Amazon, Company Reports
In a recent blog post, Amazon revealed that thousands of dogs join their owners at work every day.
"On any given day at our Seattle headquarters, employees share workspace with as many as 6,000 dogs," the Day One staff wrote. "At Amazon, bring-your-dog-to-work day is every day—a long-standing tradition that both Amazonians and their four-legged friends enjoy."
“Having dogs in our workplace is an amazing treat. They make employees smile, and we’re proud this is such a uniquely Amazonian tradition. It’s truly ingrained in our company culture,” explains Lara Hirschfield, Amazon's “Woof Pack” manager. “Our employees love bringing their dogs to work and love meeting their co-workers’ dogs.”
According to Hirschfield, “Amazon has been dog-friendly since Day 1. Our dogs add to the fun, dynamic energy of our workplace.”
You can meet some of the dogs of Amazon, profiled here. The profiles include name, age, favorite toy, and favorite activity, along with a picture of each dog. Here's just a sampling:
Dog-friendly perks at the 30,000-person Amazon campus include designated dog relief areas, poop bag stations, and dog-friendly water fountains. Dog treats are doled out at reception desks in every office building, and on the 17th floor of the Doppler building, there's a dog park, equipped with a fake fire hydrant, for dogs to burn off some energy. In April, Amazon opened its second dog park adjacent to the company's campus in downtown Seattle's Denny Triangle area. The new facility is open to the public and there are plans to add a turf field for pups to enjoy.
Amazon's practice of allowing dogs at work began when a couple brought Rufus, their Welsh corgi, to the office. Amazon says the dog became a "surprisingly productive part of the team." Rufus died in 2009, but he remains a part of Amazon culture and even has a building on campus named after him.
There are some rules for bringing your dog to work at Amazon, however: