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Dogs@work named Bissell Homecare as a 2018 recipient of The DOG Award. “With tremendous enthusiasm, Bissell Homecare has embraced the dog as a valuable addition to its company campus,” says Debbie Black, Director of Dogs@work. “For Bissell’s Headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, every day of the 365 day calendar year is dog day. Their company canine policy is beyond compare.”

Beyond an open-dog policy, Bissell’s Headquarters also has a dog friendly “PetSpot” complete with an open area for dogs to play together, kennels with outdoor access so that dogs can come in and out as they wish, a dog bath, treats and toys to keep pets occupied so their parents can have meetings and get their work done.

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At Bissell Headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Bissells’s dog friendly policy is just one of many examples that demonstrates our passion for and commitment to pets,” says Matt Kruer, Director of Bissell Strategic Development. “Our employees genuinely believe in our pet mission and embody it in their everyday lives. Pets are an integral part of our daily lives and our products.”

“The DOG Award is about more than recognizing successful organizations,” says Black. “The companies which earn The DOG Award exemplify organizations that invest in every level of its employee’s performance. Bissell Homecare is at the forefront of the dogs at work movement.”

Dogs@work are announcing ten American companies in their inaugural class of recipients of The DOG Award in 2018. “Studies have shown a tremendous contribution from dogs at the office,” says Thom Black, a director at Dogs@work. “At the office, dogs increase morale, de-stress the environs, facilitate meaningful communication, and increase productivity. One in ten companies in America include dogs in their workplace design. Its time for other companies to look at Bissell Homecare and observe what they are doing with their canine policy.”

Bissell Homecare is the number one manufacturer of floor care products in North America with 20% marketshare. It is a privately held, family-operated business with its main offices in Grand Rapid, Michigan with 2,500 employees.

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Cathy Bissell and Bissell CEO, Mark Bissell with their three beloved labs

According to Bissell, not only does its dog friendly culture boost morale, but studies have shown that having dogs in the office helps with collaboration and trust between employees:

What more can it do for a workplace?

It helps employees remember to take quick breaks throughout the day.

It’s easy to get in the work zone and forget to take a break. With a pal by their side that will surely need a few bathroom breaks throughout the day, it allows its employees to get up on their feet and away from that computer screen.

2. Bonding over furry friends keeps employees close.

It’s tough to get to know everyone in any office. When employees bring their dogs to work, it’s hard to resist striking up a conversation. Bonding over doggy tales is a great way to get to know coworkers!

3. Pooches have company — and playmates!

One of the worst parts of being a pet parent is seeing the sad face in the window as you leave your house for the day. Bissell pups are thrilled to tag along — and meet new furry friends at headquarters.”

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The Latin phrase, a bonis ad meliora, embedded in the gold circle of The DOG Award means from good to better. “Bissell has made its good company better by including their employees’ dogs in its company culture,” says David Paul Kirkpatrick, a director at Dogs@work, and the former President of Paramount Pictures and the former President of Walt Disney Pictures.

In November, 2018, The DOG Award will be presented to Bissell at their Headquarters in Grand Rapids “It’s exciting for us to be presenting this award to Bissell with both dogs and their humans in attendance,” says Debbie Black. “Dogs make for better companies, and a better world.”

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